Winners And Losers

November 12, 2006|By [Justin Fenton]

How the fallout of the 2006 election affected local political leaders:

WINNERS

Billy Boniface:

A late entry to the race for County Council president, Boniface arguably came away from this year's election as one of the most popular politicians in Harford. The 42-year-old horse breeder, who has no political experience, toppled a 16-year incumbent in a three-way primary race by garnering a majority of the vote, then cruised to 30-percentage point victory in the general election.

L. Jesse Bane:

Bane turned what some thought was a marquee race into an easy win. Never a partisan figure, the Democrat didn't play politics in his bid to lead the county's largest police force and refused to talk anything other than issues, both publicly and privately. The inner turmoil that churned as Sheriff R. Thomas Golding bowed out of the election simmered as the notion that Bane would be the next sheriff became increasingly clear.

The GOP:

Despite a few losses, the Republican Party in Harford County held its own as a tidal wave of discontent swept the country and trickled down to state and local races. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. slipped from his 2002 support here but still won handily, while the party held onto the countywide spots of executive and council president. The county also will send five Republicans - three delegates and both senators - to Annapolis, though they will have to jockey with a Democratic governor and legislature for state funds.

LOSERS

Sen. Nancy Jacobs:

The two-term senator won her race, further establishing herself as the perennial improbable winner in a heavily Democratic district. But the 2006 election was not kind to candidates she supported for other offices. Her would-be allies in the House - Del. Sheryl Davis Kohl and attorney Chris Pate - were defeated by an unknown, underfinanced candidate. Jacobs' former legislative aide, Christopher J. Biggs, lost in a bid for County Council, and Aaron Kazi, a candidate for council president who was endorsed by Jacobs, lost in the primary.

John P. Correri Jr.:

Correri, a longtime Havre de Grace politician who was supported by County Executive David R. Craig, has never been able to succeed in his bids for higher office, and this year was no exception. Never a vigorous campaigner, Correri was one of several who switched from the Democratic Party, hoping to capitalize on the county's Republican leanings. But while three of those candidates won big, Correri faltered and the seat went to a Democrat for the first time since 1990.

Ehrlich appointees:

Harford residents appointed to plush positions by Ehrlich will likely be looking for new jobs as Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley shapes state government in his vision. Those on the way out could include former County Executive James M. Harkins, appointed to lead the Maryland Environmental Service; Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief Gary W. McLhinney; and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick. O'Malley already has made clear his desire to change the Public Service Commission, which counts former Aberdeen Mayor Charles R. Boutin among its members.

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