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July 15, 2014

Final Allegany County election canvass yields few changes

— CUMBERLAND — Final vote totals for Allegany County from the June 24 primary election showed only minor changes once absentee and provisional ballots were counted, said Diane Loibel, Allegany County election administrator.

The final canvasses were done June 26 for absentee ballots and July 2 for provisional ballots. While most provisional ballots are accepted, a few are disqualified each election, Loibel said. For instance, if the provisional ballot application was not signed, the vote would be disqualified.

None of the races in Allegany County was close enough to be affected by the small number of absentee and provisional ballots cast, up to a few dozen, depending on the races.

Seven candidates were vying for six general election slots for the Allegany County Board of Education. The candidates included incumbents Laurie Marchini and Sara-Beth James, along with Bill Davis, Lorelee Farrell, Wayne Foote, Tammy Fraley and James Smith.

The final totals showed that Davis received 2,411 votes, while Farrell garnered 2,811 votes; Foote, 3,426; Fraley, 2,000; Smith, 2,505; James, 4,504; and Marchini, 3,098.

Fraley will not move on to the general election.

Terms on the board last for four years.

In the contested Republican race for Allegany County Commission, newcomer Jake Shade was the leading vote-getter with 3,421 votes. Incumbent Creade Brodie Jr. received 3,119 votes; incumbent Bill Valentine got 2,994 votes; and Mark Widmyer received 2,445. Widmyer will not move on to the general election. The three Republican nominees will face Democrats Kevin Shaffer and Tom Striplin in the general election. Shaffer received 1,572 votes and Striplin had 2,052.

Commission terms last four years.

Turnout in Allegany County was 20.86 percent, or 8,846 voters of 42,398 eligible voters.  

In the Republican primary for the 1C delegate seat in the General Assembly, Allegany County Commissioner Mike McKay defeated Washington County resident Ray Givens. In Allegany County, McKay received 953 votes and Givens 430 votes. In Washington County, McKay got 615 votes while Givens received 792 votes. McKay will face Democrat Nick Scarpelli in November. Scarpelli received 873 votes in Allegany County and 456 votes in Washington County.

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