Incumbent delegate takes early lead in District 5 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS 1994

September 14, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Richard N. Dixon, the only incumbent seeking re-election, took an early lead in the first 24 of Carroll County's 41 precincts to report in yesterday's primary election race for the House of Delegates.

Dixon took the lead with 37 percent of the early returns, followed by Westminster resident and longtime Democratic activist Ellen L. Willis with 32 percent, Philip R. Deitchman of Eldersburg with 18 percent and Eric R. Hirtle, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, with 13 percent.

In the District 5 Senate race among Democrats, Westminster resident and teacher Cynthia H. Cummings took a commanding lead, 69 percent, against Uniontown resident Rachelle Feldman-Hurwitz, who received just under 31 percent.

Incumbent Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Westminster Republican, was running unopposed.

In the Republican delegate primary, where eight candidates sought three ballot slots in the November election, voters gave Nancy Stocksdale the nod with 25 percent.W. David Blair received 15 percent, Joseph M. Getty, 14 percent and Francis X. Walsh, 13 percent.

Trailing, with 24 of 41 precincts reporting, were Stephen R. Chapin Sr., with just over 11 percent, Jerry Toadvine with just under 11 percent, Joseph Mettle with just under 6 percent and Thomas J. Cassella with 4 percent.

The delegate race opened up this summer when 27-year veteran Del. Richard C. Matthews announced he would not seek re-election. Carroll Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, who was expected to be a strong contender, dropped out to become the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate William S. Shepard.

Redistricting, which gives the county a third delegate seat, also helped attract candidates.

Four Democrats and eight Republicans were in the race. The challengers, many of whom had never run for office, worked to gain name recognition this summer by walking door to door and appearing in parades.

Ms. Willis of Westminster, who is director of business and industry training at Carroll Community College, was considered a serious contender. She ran for a District 5A seat in 1990 and came in third behind Mr. Dixon and Mr. Matthews in the general election.

The other Democrats were Mr. Deitchman, a small-business owner from Eldersburg, who ran for a District 5B seat in 1986 and finished third; and Mr. Hirtle of Westminster, a field inspector for a geotechnical engineering company.

The Democratic primary for the Senate race drew two candidates who called themselves moderates.

Ms. Cummings of Silver Run has been a fourth-grade teacher for 16 years and president of the 1,250-member county teachers union the past three years.

Ms. Feldman-Hurwitz of Uniontown is a part-time marketing consultant for a financial services company and has been a member of groups dealing with environmental, women's and other issues.

Mr. Haines is a Westminster real estate broker and vice $l president of the Church of the Open Door Inc., a conservative Westminster church.

In Annapolis, he has received national attention for his efforts to convince the state that parents aren't abusing their children if they spank them. He also has focused on issues that affect small businesses.

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