The election for the Maryland’s third congressional district came to a close with Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3) winning a sixth term, defeating Republican nominee Dr. Mark Plaster 62.7 percent to 34.4 percent.
In Montgomery County, voter percentages for Sarbanes totaled 72.4 percent with 34,328 votes while Plaster won 25.1 percent with 11,888 votes.
Sarbanes has been active politician in the area compared to the newcomer Plaster. His issues address climate change, jobs in the economy, improving the affordable care act, and veteran issues.
“For me it wasn’t so much about my opponent, it was about reinforcing the important things that I think I’ve done in this election campaign,” said Sarbanes.
“I think the voters should step back every two years, and evaluate me based on my record. I do that myself. Before I decide to run again, I make a judgment, ‘Do I think I’m making a contribution?’ and if I think I’m making a difference, I put my hat in the ring again.”
Sarbanes said it’s wise as an incumbent to “always run as though it’s going to be very close.
“You got to make your case to people […] particularly when people these days are looking at candidates through a jaded lens,” he said. “But I was pretty confident based on my record and our efforts to really stay connected to people that folks would go into that voting booth and feel positively about what I’ve done.”
Many voters gave compliments and thanked the staff at the polling location. The polling staff received a letter from the League of Women Voters stating: “This is an exemplary polling place that runs efficiently and courteously. They should be commended.”
Wendy Houston, an Olney resident, said she voted for Sarbanes.
“I’m familiar with him and satisfied with his performance,” she said.
“I voted for Sarbanes because I’m in the Democratic Party. To be honest with you the ballots were kind of short this year, it seemed like there were more choices in the past,” said Nadine Charles, another Sarbanes voter.
At Olney Elementary School voter turn-out was high, according to Elections Operations Judge Lisa Gould.
“We’ve had no problems, we’re shortly going to be replacing the bins in each scanner since they’re getting full before the evening rush,” said Gould at 3 p.m.
Gould commented that the average wait time was 30-35 minutes, with waiting times reducing to 17 minutes by 1PM. “We expect to have another big rush tonight.”