Voters of the county, take a short breather.But don't let...

March 08, 1992|By CARROLL COUNTY SUN GRAPHIC

Voters of the county, take a short breather.

But don't let your civic interest down. Campaign posters and yard signs may disappear fora short time, but the November election will be here before you can read every campaign brochure that arrives in the mail.

Tuesday's primary brought out 41 percent of the county's 56,503 registered voters, a higher turnout than in the past two elections, county officials reported.

The biggest upset came in the race for the 6th District congressional seat, where state Del. Thomas H. Hattery, D-Frederick, defeated seven-term incumbent Beverly B. Byron in every county.

In Carroll, she lost by 38 percent to 34 percent. Districtwide, she lost by 56 percent to 44 percent.

Twenty-eight percent, or 3,349 voters, did not make a choice in the Hattery-Byron race, county results show.

Leo Kuhn, president of the county Board of Elections, said the only explanation could be lack of interest in the race.

Tuesday night, Democrats gathered at the Frisco Family Pub in Westminster. Around 11:15 p.m., as Hattery was declared the winner, the crowd of about 50 cheered and applauded.

"For so long, Beverly has been a Republican in Democratic clothing," said Bernie Jones, county Democratic Club president. "Now, with Hattery, we have a shot at having a Democrat in Democratic clothing."

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, a Democrat, said: "It's a reflection of an anti-incumbency mood. With both candidates coming in fresh, it's going to be a close race.

"The change will take some getting used to; I have some emotional attachment to the Byron name."

Four Byron family members have held the congressional seat.

The GOP nominee for the seat is Roscoe G. Bartlett, a retired teacher, inventor, researcher and home builderfrom Frederick.

Asked what his strategy will be, Bartlett said, "To let my opponent tell his full story. And when he does, then they (the voters) will vote for me."

Bartlett, 65, has never held publicoffice but was the 1982 GOP nominee for the 6th District.

In Carroll, Barlett received 29 percent of the vote. Opponents Mike Downey, a satellite communications consultant from Frederick, received 26 percent, and Frank K. Nethken, a former mayor of Cumberland, Allegany County, received 7 percent.

Of all the ballots cast in the county Tuesday, 47.4 percent were Democratic, 40.5 percent were Republican, and 7 percent were Libertarian or other parties, tallies show. Statewide, the turnout was 40.8 percent.

In Carroll's 1990 primary, turnout was 32.3 percent; in the 1988 presidential primary, turnout was 35.6 percent.

Nancy Stocksdale, chairwoman of the county's RepublicanCentral Committee, said turnout was higher this year because of the charter board race.

"There was a lot of publicity in the newspapers about it and a lot of interest," she said.

In the non-partisan charter board race, in which voters were to choose nine candidates, 46percent of the voters did not vote for nine. Election officials reported that 97,011 potential votes were lost.

In the non-partisan school board race, Neil F. MacGregor -- who dropped out of the race, but whose name still appeared on the ballot -- received 3,467 votes. This was more than twice as many as he received when he ran unsuccessfully in 1988.

MacGregor, who dropped out for personal reasons, saidthe votes he received "should serve as a substantial warning with Mrs. (Cheryl A.) McFalls that all is not right with the Carroll County school board."

McFalls is seeking a second six-year term on the board and faces Scott Stone in the general election.

In the presidential race, Carroll voters agreed with voters across Maryland that Paul Tsongas should be the Democratic nominee and George Bush the Republican nominee.

In the county, Tsongas, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, garnered 43.8 percent of the vote. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton placed second, with 26.7 percent. In Maryland, Tsongas received 40 percent of the vote, and Clinton received 34 percent.

On the Republican side, President Bush received 68.5 percent of the county vote. Challenger Pat Buchanan received 29 percent.

Statewide, Bush received 70 percent and Buchanan 30 percent.

Voters' sentiment forchange was evident at the polls.

Republican Freda Levin of Westminster cast votes for challengers on the entire ballot -- including Buchanan.

"I voted for all changes," said the 43-year-old Social Security Administration employee. "I don't like leaving anybody in too long. They owe each other too much -- too many favors."

Art Kuhn, 59, of Manchester, said he had planned to vote for Tsongas until Gov. William Donald Schaefer gave him "the kiss of death" by endorsing him.

"He (Schaefer) doesn't need any more friends in Washington," Kuhn said.

Three Bush delegates -- none from Carroll -- were elected from the 6th District Tuesday to go to the Republican convention in Houston this summer, said Kevin Igoe, executive director of the Republican party in Maryland.

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