Van Hollen re-elected; Frederick County voters approve charter.
Sixth District Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was beaten Tuesday in his bid for another term in office. Businessman John Delaney defeated the long term incumbent with 59% of the vote, as opposed to Bartlett's 38%. Bartlett lost Frederick County, his home, with 37% of the vote to Delaney's 58%.
Bartlett was first elected in 1992, defeating Democrat Tom Hattery, who beat conservative Democrat Beverly Byron in the primary.
The redrawn 6th District, which included parts of Democrat-leaning Montgomery County, made Bartlett one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the Country. He's 86 years of age, the second oldest member in the House of Representatives.
In the 8th District, which includes parts of Frederick and Carroll Counties as well as Montgomery County, Democratic incumbent Chris Van Hollen won another term in office. He beat back a challenge from Republican Ken Timmerman. But Van Hollen did not win in the part of his district which includes Frederick County. How will he reach out to citizens in Frederick County? "I'm going to work hard and talk to people about the issues of concern to them," he says. "I have had an opportunity to meet a lot of great people already, visited with many small business owners, visited with schools, been up to Frederick Community College, and been up to Hood College."
Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin won a second term in office, defeating Republican challenger Dan Bongino and Independent Rob Sobhani. "It's time to get back to work," Cardin says. "We've got very serious problems in this country, and we need to work across party lines, to come up with reasonable ways to deal with our nation's problems, particularly our budget, job growth, and investment for our future."
Both Cardin and Van Hollen say Congress has to deal with the so-called "fiscal cliff," a series of tax increases and budget cuts set to go into affect early next year.
In Frederick County, voters approved charter government, which replaces the current commissioners' system with an elected county executive and a county council. The county commissioners will serve out their terms and charter government take over on December, 1st, 2014.
"I'm very excited about the future of Frederick County," says Ken Coffey, who chaired the charter-writing committee.
Charter government was last considered by Frederick County citizens in 1991, and it was voted down. So what turned the tide this time, Coffey was asked. "The extent to which we committed to education and outreach, and getting input from the public," Coffey responded.
In the Board of Education race, incumbent Katie Groth was returned for another term in office. "Pleased and proud, of course," was Groth's response to her win. She says she plans to work on bringing up student achievement in her new term. Groth was the top vote getter in the election. Joy Schaefer came in second, followed by Zakir Bengali at third.
Marylanders also approved a number of referendum questions during Tuesday's election. They supported the DREAM Act, which allows illegal immigrants to attend public colleges in Maryland at in-state rates, if they have attended a Maryland high school for three years, and their parents can offer proof that they filed state income taxes during that time.
Citizens also approved same-sex marriage, an issue that was pushed very hard by Governor Martin O'Malley.
Legislation to expand gambling in Maryland also received the okay from voters. It would allow table games in the state, such as poker and blackjack. It would also build a casino in Prince George's County near Washington DC. Supporters and opponents spent more than $90-million on TV and radio advertising.
And the controversial redistricting map was approved by voters. The map redrew the 6th and 8th Congressional Districts in the state.
And President Barrack Obama won in heavily Democratic Maryland.
Absentee ballots will be counted on Thursday at Winchester Hall in Frederick.