Charles Commission Shows Reelection Solidarity
By Todd Shields
And all five said so together, the three Republicans and two Democrats submitting candidacy papers at the same time April 3 at the Board of Elections in La Plata.
Some people wish there hadn't been such a show of solidarity.
"I would have preferred that they not do that," said Marlene Cawley-Schuster, the Charles County Republican Party central committee chairwoman.
"I would have preferred not to see them do it that way," said Dennis Phelps, Charles County Democratic Party central committee chairman.
The party leaders said they fear that the commissioners' fraternal display will blunt partisan zeal for the Nov. 3 general election and might even discourage candidates from challenging the incumbents.
So far only one candidate has filed to oppose a commissioner. However, the deadline for candidates to file is July 16, and during the last general election campaign nearly half the candidates filed on the final day, election officials said.
The incumbents are board President Murray D. Levy (D-At Large), board Vice President Marland Deen (R-District 3) and Commissioners Robert J. Fuller (D-District 4), Marvin C. Kisamore (R-District 2) and W. Daniel Mayer (R-District 1).
So far, only Kisamore has drawn opposition, with La Plata resident James Jarboe filing Jan. 5 to run against him as a Democrat.
Despite their simultaneous filing, the commissioners are not running as a slate, Deen said.
Deen called the joint filing "an expression of my appreciation for the working relationship these past four years."
The commissioners often remark that they operate largely without partisan rancor. Their major reelection stances are likely to include not having raised taxes in the past four years and funding more deputies for the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Fred Davis, a Republican, has drawn opposition for his expected reelection bid. Democratic candidate Rex Coffey filed in February to run for sheriff.
Other incumbents who have filed for reelection are Register of Wills Susie C. Bowles, Orphan's Court Judge Lillian A. Clark and Treasurer Joseph W. Norris.
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