Voters choose major-party nominees
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 16:23

Joe DiCara and his son/campaign manager Tony DiCara follow election results at the Essex Diner.
photo by Ben Boehl

Olszewski-Salling Senate race set; DiCara faces Crandell in Council contest; Dems Weir,
D’Adamo to face GOP’s Long, Metzgar in House battle; other House slots still uncertain;
Brown, Hogan get nods for governor; Ruppersberger, Kamenetz cruise to renomination

by Bill Gates
and Ben Boehl

The tight race for the final spot on the Democratic ticket for the House of Delegates in the 6th District remained in doubt as of Wednesday morning with three candidates vying for the spot.
    Former delegate Jake Mohorovic had a slim lead over Ed Crizer in the unofficial tally as polls closed on Tuesday, with Anna Pearce still within contention.
    “My plan for now is to try to be at the Board of Elections [Wednesday] morning,” Crizer said about 11 p.m. on Tuesday. “I think that’s when the result will be called.”
    Mohorovic, who was elected to the House of Delegates in 1994 and 1998 before falling short in 2002, 2006 and 2010, led the first-time candidate Crizer by an unofficial count of 2,738 to 2,682.
    Pearce has 2,469 votes.
    Michael Weir Jr., the only incumbent in the delegate race, took first place in the Democratic primary by a comfortable margin, with 4,074 votes to Nick D’Adamo Jr.’s 3,331.
    The race for the third spot may come down to counting absentee and provisional ballots.
    “The race is not over tonight,”  Mohorovic said. “Remember, there are over 200 absentee ballots.”
    “It’s too close to call,” said Del. John Olszewski Jr., who defeated Russ Mirabile for the Democratic nomination for state Senator from the 6th District. “We’ll be at the Board of Elections to help supervise the counting.”
    Olszewski, along with Weir, Crizer and House candidate Eric Washington, ran as the “Our Team” ticket.
    A two-term member of the House of Delegates from the 6th District, Olszewski defeated Mirabile 4,997 to 3,064.
    Washington was running sixth in the voting for the House of Delegates with 1,890 votes.
    Joseph DiCara unofficially won the Democratic nomination for County Council with 2,378 votes. Brian Weir was second with 1,668, followed by C. Buddy Staigerwald with 1,664 and Scott Holupka with 1,089.
    DiCara will face Todd Crandell, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination, in November’s general election.
    “We were getting such positive feedback going door-to-door,” DiCara said. “We were cautiously optimistic. With everything being said to us, we felt we had a 50-50 chance to pull this out.”
    Many thought DiCara faced long odds being from Essex, but he said he was able to get into the Dundalk community.
    “We hit the area hard and knocked on doors in West Inverness, North Point Village and other areas all over Dundalk,” DiCara said.
    Holupka felt DiCara prevailed due to running a spotless campaign.
    “He was well-organized,” Holupka said. “He did all the things he had to do, getting people at the polls and putting together a good campaign.
    “I was impressed at the number of meetings he attended where he was able to pull out a personal connection with people.”
    Asked if he could had done anything different in his campaign, Holupka first joked “change my name.”
    “Looking at the results, it suggests there were a lot of voters who had little information,” Holupka said. “How much effort it would have taken to reach that group, I don’t know.
    DiCara anticipates a tough race against Crandell, the Republican nominee.
    “I didn’t run a negative campaign in the primary, and I won’t run a negative campaign in the general election,” he said. “It’s important to me to win with grace and courage, or not win at all.
    “People need help. The plight of the worker, union and non-union, is almost too much to fathom. Once-proud people who had good jobs are suffering. We have to fix that.”
    While the Democrats wait to see who their third candidate for the House of Delegates will be, the three Republican candidates are comparitively set.
    Bob Long was the leading Republican vote-getter with 2,104 votes. He is joined by Rick Metzgar (1,680 votes) and Robin L. Grammer Jr. (1,196).
    Roger Zajdel, with 979 votes, has a slim chance of overtaking Grammer after provisional and absentee ballots are dcounted.
    “I didn’t take it for granted. I ran the race like I was behind,” Long said.
    Metzgar believes the local GOP can win multiple seats in November.
    “We have the wind behind our sails,” Metzgar said. “People are fed up with the status quo.”
    Olszewski will meet Johnny Ray Salling in the general election for state Senate from the 6th District.
    Salling ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.
    “I take nothing for granted,” Olszewski said.
    There was disappointment in Olszewski’s in the Our Team’s campaign headquarters on Tuesday night as Washington failed to make it into the general election.
    Washington had been one of the first people to declare candidacy for the House of Delegates and had a spot on what was believed to be a strong ticket.
    He was attempting to become the first African-American to represent Dundalk-Edgemere in the General Assembly.
    “I am proud of the race we ran as a team,” Washington said. “I am disappointed with the result. I believe our team would have represented the district in a way that made everyone proud.
    “I plan to stay involved in the community, help this community be the best it can be. There are no sour grapes. I’m proud of the winners and hope they do a good job for the district.”
    “Eric has been a team player from day one,” Weir said. “We wanted to put together a team to represent the community, and Eric couldn’t have been a better choice.
    “For me, this is bittersweet. I would have loved to have Eric running alongside me in November.”
Other races
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his running mate, Ken Ulman, easily won the Democratic nomination for governor over challengers Doug Gansler, the state’s attorney general, and Del. Heather Mizeur.
    Brown had 236,037 votes to Gansler’s 111,497 and Mizeur’s 99,913.
    Larry Hogan and his running mate Boyd Rutherman won the Republican nomination by a margin of 89,177 to 60,390 over David R. Craig and running mate Jeannie Haddaway.
    In the race for attorney general to succeed Gansler, Brian Frosh crushed Jon Cardin for the Democratic nomination, 217,134 to 132,331.
    Frosh will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker, who ran unopposed, in the general election.
    Incumbent U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger cruised to victory in the Democratic primary for the 2nd District with 77.5 percent of the vote.
    Ruppersberger had 42,221 votes to 6,256 for runner-up Paul Rundquist.
    David Banach ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.
    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will defend his position in the general election after easily defeating challenger Kevin Marron 54,136 to 17,923.
    The Republican candidate for Baltimore County Executive was too close to call on election night. George Harmon had an unofficial lead of 10,064 to 10,042 over Tony Campbell going into Wednesday morning.
    Incumbent Baltimore County sheriff R. Jay Fisher won renomination by a margin of 33,818 to 17,957 over challenger Raymond C. Boccelli.
    There is no Republican candidate for Baltimore County sheriff.