Candidates unopposed in elections

State's attorney, sheriff on paths to re-election

Maryland Votes 2006

September 10, 2006|By David P. Greisman | David P. Greisman,Special to the Sun

With Carroll County voters selecting candidates for state and county offices during Tuesday's primary election, two county incumbents - Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning and State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes - are running unopposed in both the primary and general elections.

Each incumbent has served multiple terms in office. In 1994, Barnes defeated 20-year State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman in a closely contested Republican primary and then won the general election by a landslide over Democratic candidate Linda A. Holmes and a write-in campaign from Hickman.

Tregoning unsuccessfully challenged Sheriff John H. Brown in the 1994 general election. Tregoning later switched parties from Democratic to Republican and defeated Brown in the 1998 primary.

With Brown's support, Tregoning took office after easily overcoming Democratic challenger Mervin L. Spiwak.

Barnes was unopposed in 1998, and in 2002 he won his third term, beating Democrat Richard S. Nacewicz by more than 30,000 votes.

Tregoning also won by a wide margin in 2002, when he received more than twice the votes as his Democratic opponent, Charles C. Paulsen.

Biographical information was provided by the candidates:

Kenneth L. Tregoning

Age: 62.

Party: Republican.

Residence: Union Bridge.

Family: wife, Peggy; four adult children.

Occupation: sheriff.

Education: associate's degree in business, Frederick Community College; credit hours toward bachelor's degree, University of Maryland.

Issues: "To continue to enhance public safety in Carroll County by increasing the ratio of police officers per thousand residents, to implement central communications, to implement a central warrant unit and to improve the benefits for Carroll County Sheriff's Office employees."

Jerry F. Barnes

Age: 57.

Party: Republican.

Residence: Hampstead.

Family: wife, Florence (candidate for clerk of the Circuit Court); one adult stepdaughter.

Occupation: state's attorney

Education: bachelor's degree in political science and history, University of Baltimore; law degree, University of Baltimore School of Law.

Issues: "A continuation of our current operation. This office operates pursuant to a policy of honesty, integrity and humility as an overall philosophy. We will continue and enhance the following endeavors: we have Western Maryland's first and only domestic violence unit [and] Western Maryland's first and only white-collar crime unit. We will continue with enhancement of the child advocacy center, we will continue in regards to our services to the Carroll County Drug Task Force, and we will continue and enhance our victim witness unit. We will continue to maintain a stable career-oriented staff.

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