In District 3, Garvey faced James Louis Parent, 64, a retired Calvert County high school principal. Garvey, 51, a medical technologist from Owings, has served on the board since 1996. She said growth is the biggest challenge for the once-rural county, and the schools need more money.
Parent, 64, of Chesapeake Beach said smaller class sizes are needed and suggested that the Board of Education should have the power to levy taxes for schools.
Robert L. Gray, 49, of Huntingtown ran unopposed for a third term in the District 2 seat.
The Calvert County ballot question asked voters to increase county commissioners' power by adopting code home rule, a form of government that would allow local leaders to borrow money and make other decisions without approval from the General Assembly. Supporters said it would allow commissioners to govern more efficiently, but opponents warned that it would take away checks and balances over local officials.
In St. Mary's County, the school board races were defined more by personality than by issues.
Clare Whitbeck, 64, known for asking tough questions of local leaders, challenged Allen, the school board chairman, for the District 2 seat.
Allen, 48, of Hollywood emphasized the need for new schools and high standards for students.
Pat Woodburn, 70, of St. Clement Shores, who calls herself "a senior citizen with old-time values," said parents would feel comfortable with her because she knows so many local families. Her opponent for the at-large seat, Kessler, 43, of Lexington Park pointed to his experience managing budgets for programs in the Naval Air Systems Command and his time volunteering in schools.
Incumbent Mary M. Washington, 51, of Lexington Park ran unopposed in District 4.
Staff writers Joshua Partlow and Amit R. Paley contributed to this report.