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

September 14, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

A Congressional aide, a telephone company engineer and a law clerk, all Republicans, will compete with a stock broker -- the lone incumbent -- the owner of a small business and a business educator, all Democrats, for three House of Delegates seats from Carroll County.

And a teacher easily won the chance to face incumbent Republican Larry E. Haines, a real estate broker, to represent Carroll residents in the state Senate District 5, which covers most of the county.

Republican voters, with eight candidates for the three available seats, chose Nancy R. Stocksdale, an assistant to Sixth District Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; W. David Blair, an engineer with Bell Atlantic Network Services; and Joseph M. Getty, a law clerk with a Westminster firm.

Ms. Stocksdale finished with 24 percent, Mr. Blair with 15 percent and Mr. Getty with 14 percent.

Democratic incumbent Richard N. Dixon, elected to the House of Delegates in 1983, won 36 percent of the votes cast. Ellen L. Willis, a State Democratic Central Committee member making her second try for a House seat, got 31 percent, and Philip R. Deitchman, owner of a small business also making his second try for a House seat, finished with just under 19 percent.

Democrat Eric R. Hirtle, a follower of political extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche, lost the primary but said he was pleased to have received 13.5 percent of the vote in his first try for a House of Delegates seat.

Democrat Cynthia H. Cummings, a fourth-grade teacher and president of the county teachers union, received 69.73 percent of the vote in the state Senate primary, more than twice the

30.27 percent tallied by Rachelle Feldman-Hurwitz, a part-time marketing consultant.

Republican Senator Haines ran unopposed.

Ms. Cummings attributed her margin of victory to "a lot of hard workers on the campaign, and it paid off."

Candidates tried various ways to gain name recognition, from standing along highways waving to commuters to knocking on doors.

Republican delegate candidate Joseph H. Mettle started walking across Carroll's 5th District five months ago, trudging door to door in 90-plus-degree heat with his friend, county commissioner candidate Richard T. Yates.

It worked for Mr. Yates, who won his primary, but not for Mr. Mettle, who received just under 7 percent.

"We tried. It's just the way it goes. You put out your effort and do your darnedest, and the voters respond," Mr. Mettle said last night from a party at his home in Eldersburg.

Then his spirits brightened. "Maybe in four years, I'll try again," he said.

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.

Voters in District 4, which includes the western section of the county, found no contests on their primary ballots for the state Senate or House of Delegates.

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