Six incumbents advance in General Assembly races Democrat, 5 Republicans survive challenges

Primary 1998

September 16, 1998|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

The five Republicans and the lone Democrat who represent Carroll County in the General Assembly survived yesterday's primary and will defend their seats in the Nov. 3 general election.

All except incumbent Del. Ellen Willis Miller, a Westminster Democrat, and Republican State Sen. Larry E. Haines, leader of the county's legislative delegation, had primary battles.

Republican incumbents advancing with Haines and Miller were Sen. Timothy R. Ferguson of Taylorsville and Dels. Donald B. Elliott of New Windsor, Joseph M. Getty of Manchester and Nancy R. Stocksdale of Westminster.

Another Republican, Carmen Amedori of Westminster, narrowly won her party's nomination for a third seat and the right to challenge Miller in November.

Amedori is a 42-year-old Westminster resident who resigned in February as chairwoman of a committee appointed to write a charter that would have changed Carroll from a three-commissioner government to one with a county executive and a five-member council.

After resigning from the committee, Amedori led the opposition to the change, which voters rejected by almost 2 to 1 last May. She made her opposition to charter government the cornerstone of her General Assembly run, hoping that voters opposed to the charter would support her candidacy.

Miller made two unsuccessful attempts to win a seat in Annapolis before Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed her to fill a vacancy created in 1995 when Richard N. Dixon became state treasurer.

The Westminster Democrat was unopposed in yesterday's primary, as were Frederick resident George H. Littrell Jr., a former school principal who served three terms in the House of Delegates, and Mount Airy resident Ann Ballard, a member of the county school board.

Littrell, 64, will challenge Ferguson in November for the right to represent western Carroll and eastern Frederick counties in the state Senate.

Ferguson, 43, coasted to victory in his primary battle yesterday with Carroll Assistant State's Attorney Jerome J. Joyce of New Market, who was making his third try for elective office.

Joyce, 50, was defeated in 1990 when running as a House of Delegates candidate from Hampstead.

He tried again in 1994 but withdrew to prosecute a murder case.

Democrat Ballard, 54, who is serving her second term on the school board, will face three-term incumbent Elliott in November for the right to represent western Carroll and eastern Frederick in the House of Delegates.

Elliott, a 66-year-old New Windsor pharmacist, was opposed in yesterday's primary by Union Bridge resident Roy Pfeiffer, 44. Elliott defeated Pfeiffer by more than a 3-to-1 margin in the 1994 general election when Pfeiffer ran as a Democrat.

Yesterday, he more than doubled that margin, winning by more than 10 to 1.

Incumbent Republicans Getty, 46, of Manchester and Stocksdale, 64, of Westminster had little difficulty advancing to the November election.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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