By Nickolai Sukharev and Neal Earley
On Tuesday, voters in the county elected to send incumbents back to numerous state and local offices, and approved all the state and local ballots questions that were presented to them.
Statewide, in the Attorney General’s race, Democrat Brian Frosh received 273,542 votes to defeat Republican candidate Craig Wolf, who received 77,666 votes while, for Comptroller, Democrat Peter Franchot received 503,972 votes over Republican Anjali Reed Phukan.
At the county level, Democrat Darren Mark Popkin received 259,036 votes to retain the Sheriff’s Office, over Republican candidate Jae Hwang, who received 83,068 votes.
Unopposed Democratic candidate John McCarthy received 291,454 votes to continue as State’s Attorney, while Democrat Barbara Meiklejohn, also unopposed, received 193,415 votes to continue as the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Democrat Joseph M. Griffin will continue as the county’s Register of Wills, receiving 257,545 votes over Republican candidate Dolores Reyes, who received 59,312 votes.
Of the Judges of the Circuit Court, who were all unopposed, James A. Bonifant received 193,451 votes, Jeannie E. Cho received 212,198 votes, Jill Reid Cummings received 200,256 votes, Debra L. Dwyer received 209,619 votes, Kevin G. Hessler received 183,516 votes, David W. Lease received 178,553 votes, and Margaret Marie Schweitzer received 203,192 votes. In the Court of Special Appeals at-large race, both judges received enough votes to continue their service on the bench. Judge Donald E. Beachley received 230,827 votes, to continue serving in office with 36,798 votes cast against. Judge Matthew Fader received 74,929 votes to continue serving in office with 25,313 with votes cast against.
The first state ballot question, Question 1, asked voters whether they approve of a “lock box” that would guarantee that the revenue the state gets from commercial gaming would go toward funding public schools. Voters approved the amendment to the state constitution with 89 percent of the vote, with a total of 1,732,357 votes in favor to 215,278 votes against.
In Question 2, a measure that proposed changing the state’s constitution to allow same-day voter registration and voting on Election Day, voters approved it with 67.1 percent of the vote with a total of 1,336,474 votes in favor and 654,949 votes against.
On the local ballot Tuesday, Montgomery County had three ballot questions for voters to decide on.
First, on Question A, a proposal to amend the way the County’s redistricting commission is selected by removing the party central committees from the process, voters passed it overwhelmingly with 83 percent of the vote and 253,201 votes in favor to 51,695 votes against.
On Question B, which proposed amending the County Charter to require a unanimous vote to raise property taxes instead of nine above the charter limit, passed with 69.9 percent of the vote and a total of 213,878 votes in favor to 92,277 against.
On Question C, the most closely decided ballot intuitive, voters passed with 55.7 percent of the vote and a total of 166,028 votes to 132,267 votes against. Question C asked voters to amend the County Charter to allow members of the County Council to have one or more aides as non-merit employees, rather than one confidential aide as which was previously permitted.