Carroll County, long a Republican stronghold, is more so after the Nov. 6 election. The party picked up the county sheriff's office and held onto two of the three seats on the Board of Commissioners. Carroll Republicans now occupy virtually every patronage and policy-making office in one of metropolitan Baltimore's most desirable subdivisions.
Residents will likely witness a greater shift toward conservatism. Though Republicans Julia Gouge and Donald Dell can outvote Democrat Elmer Lippy, they should not slow down projects demanded by their constituents. Rapid growth requires that local officials stay abreast of public demands for schools, public safety and roads.
Former two-term Commissioner Jeff Griffith frequently helped find budget compromises to assist this expanding population. Even when conservative GOP voices objected, the commissioners devised ways to address the public's demands. Mr. Griffith's liberal fiscal policies, though, helped defeat him in his bid for a state Senate seat won by conservative Republican Larry Haines.