Incumbents Dell, Lippy advance in commission race Orenstein and Yates are top vote-getters PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS 1994

September 14, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Mary Gail Hare and Jackie Powder contributed to this article.

Republican Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg and Westminster City Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein were the top vote-getters in each party in yesterday's primary race for Carroll County commissioner.

The two incumbents in the contest -- Republican Donald I. Dell and Democrat Elmer C. Lippy -- each received the second-highest number of votes in their primaries. Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, a Republican, and former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, a Democrat, each placed third.

The top three voter-getters from each party advance to the Nov. 8 general election to compete for three commissioner seats.

More Republican voters went to the polls in Carroll than Democrats. Overall, 38 percent of the county's registered voters cast ballots, including 43 percent of registered Republicans and 39 percent of registered Democrats.

Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 30,512 to 27,297 in Carroll. Turnout was higher yesterday than in the 1990 primary, when 32.3 percent of registered county voters cast ballots.

With results from all 41 precincts in last night, Mr. Yates received 24.16 percent of the Republican vote, Mr. Dell 20.92 percent and Mr. Brown 20.40 percent.

Two other Republicans were in the race. Charles L. Stull of Deep Run received 19.42 percent and David T. Duree of New Windsor 15.11 percent.

Democratic vote totals showed Ms. Orenstein received 25.23 percent, Mr. Lippy 24.78 percent and Mr. Sensabaugh 19.62 percent.

Two other Democrats were in the race. Cornelius M. "Neil" Ridgely of Finksburg received 18.73 percent and David A. Grand of Westminster received 11.64 percent.

Board of Elections officials will count 852 absentee ballots today.

Mr. Yates attributed his success to a dogged door-to-door campaign this summer.

"All my hard work paid off," he said. "I listened to what people had to say. I appreciated what they had to say, and I'll try not to fail them."

He said many residents told him they are most concerned about controlling growth because new residents are straining county services.

Mr. Yates, a retired federal government employee, also ran in 1990. He placed third in the Republican primary behind Mr. Dell and Julia W. Gouge, who is finishing her second term and was a lieutenant governor candidate in yesterday's race. In the general election, he placed fourth behind Mr. Dell, Mrs. Gouge and Mr. Lippy.

Mr. Dell, who is seeking a second term, said, "I take my hat off to Dick Yates, who worked really hard. Going door to door saying what people wanted to hear really helped him get over the top."

Mr. Dell, a Westminster dairy and grain farmer, said he did not do much campaigning for the primary, but will for the November election. He said, "I plan to respond to accusations and let people know the real facts."

Ms. Orenstein gained name recognition as a conscientious first-term Westminster councilwoman who was involved in Main Street improvements and renovations of the new police station. She opposed a plan to build an incinerator to burn garbage in Carroll and to extend Interstate 795 through the county.

She owns a photography business and works with developmentally disabled people at The ARC of Carroll County.

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