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Long-time incumbents win in uncontested races

November 06, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

In four Washington County elections, long-time incumbents cruised to victory Tuesday without opposition.

State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. was elected to his sixth term.

Long, 55, a Republican, received 29,663 votes.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Dennis J. Weaver and Treasurer Todd L. Hershey each were elected to a fifth term.

Weaver, 49, a Democrat, had 28,768 votes.

Hershey, 43, a Democrat, received 28,570 votes.

Register of Wills John R. Bloyer II was selected for a third term.

Bloyer, 55, a Democrat, had 27,631 votes.

The vote totals are based on complete but unofficial results.

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The term of each position is four years.

According to Washington County Human Resources Director Alan Davis, the annual salary for state's attorney will increase from $90,428 this term to $107,550 next term.

The treasurer's salary is $51,135 in the Washington County budget.

The Maryland Board of Public Works has set rising salary schedules for register of wills and clerk of circuit court.

The register of wills' salary is $71,500 this year, and will increase to $76,250 next year, $78,625 in 2004 and $81,000 in 2005.

The clerk of circuit court's salary is $72,100 this year, and will be $77,100 next year, $79,600 in 2004 and $82,100 in 2005.

Weaver said the clerk of the circuit court and the register of wills are usually sworn in Dec. 1, but that falls on a Sunday this year, so it will be Dec. 2.

The state's attorney and treasurer usually are sworn in on the first business day of January, Weaver said.

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