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Candidates For Local Office Begin to Emerge

February 24th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Less than a month remains to file for to run for office in Maryland-  and candidates are beginning to emerge for a number of local seats. There are five Republican candidates for what will be three open seats on the board of Allegany County Commissioners headed by incumbents Creade Brodie Jr and David Caporale. Also on file: Bill Atkinson, Jonathan Dayton and Todd Logsdon. There are three open seats on the board of education and to date a total of four candidates: incumbents Robert Farrell and David Bohn are joined by Linda Widmyer and Lori Lepley. The office for Mayor of Cumberland is up and although no one has filed, Mayor Ray Morriss is on record as saying he will seek a second term. Two open city council seats are on the ballot with a total of three candidates: incumbent Rock Cioni and newcomers Chris Myers and Brett Thomas Joseph Bean. Councilman Joe George has not filed but announced his intentions to do so.  

The most active slates on the state level belong to House of Delegates 1A and District 1 State Senate. Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel are both retiring and there are currently five candidates for Beitzel’s seat and three- including Delegate Mike Mckay and County Commissioner Jake Shade for Edward’s senate seat. No one has filed to challenge for the 1B seat held by Del. Jason Buckel. Other incumbents currently running unopposed for reelection include James F. Elliott, States Attorney; Craig Robertson, Allegany County sheriff, and Mary Beth Pirolozzi, register of wills. The filing deadline for those interested in running for office has been extended from Feb. 22 to March 22. The one-month extension was implemented to allow the Maryland Court of Appeals to continue hearing legal challenges to the redistricting map recently approved by the General Assembly. The primary election will take place on June 28