Shore to send 5 newcomers to Assembly

November 07, 1990|By David Michael Ettlin

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, voters sent five new faces to Annapolis -- including, for the first time in eight years, a resident member of the House of Delegates for Caroline County.

In the Middle Shore's 37th District -- where candidates from Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico counties play musical chairs with three delegate seats -- Dorchester lost its seat in the legislature.

The winners were incumbent Delegate Samuel Q. Johnson III, D-Wicomico, Democratic newcomer Robert A. Thornton Jr., a Caroline lawyer, and Republican Kenneth D. Schisler of Talbot, a 21-year-old student at Salisbury State University in his first run for political office.

Dorchester appeared to have lost out because it was the only county with two candidates in the race, and the local vote was split by Hurlock Mayor and Democrat Don William Bradley and Republican Adelaide C. Eckardt, a nurse.

Sen. Frederick C. Malkus Jr., a Dorchester Democrat who has served in the upper chamber since 1951 and in the legislature since 1947, turned back a challenge by Republican Kenneth Gelletly of Denton.

Incumbent senators in the Shore's other legislative districts -- Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil, in the 36th and Lewis R. Riley, R-Wicomico, in the 38th -- were unopposed.

In the Upper Shore's 36th, the only delegate race was for the Queen Anne's County seat. Republican C. Ronald Franks, a Queenstown dentist, defeated Democrat Frances A. Ashley, a commissioner whose ex-husband is the retiring incumbent.

Unopposed were Democratic Delegates R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. of Kent County and Ronald A. Guns of Cecil County.

In the Lower Shore's 38th, only incumbent Delegate Norman H. Conway, D-Wicomico, was unopposed.

Elected to the House from Worcester County was Democrat K. Bennett Bozman, vice president of the county's Board of Commissioners, who defeated Republican C. Robert Welsh, an Ocean City pharmacist.

In Somerset, Republican J. Lowell Stoltzfus, a farmer and county zoning board member, defeated Democrat M. Kirk Daugherty, a law enforcement officer.

Also in Wicomico, voters for the first time were electing seven people to the County Council, which is being expanded by two seats because of a lawsuit to give blacks a better chance of being elected.

Rudolph C. Cane, the black administrator of a Salisbury community action agency, was unopposed in county's 1st District.

And Talbot voters decided by a 2-1 ratio not to ease a 12-year-old limit on revenue from property taxes. But a proposal to nearly double the $5,000 salary of council members appeared to have passed -- if absentee ballots do not reverse it.

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