Brubaker holds insurmountable lead in Hagerstown City Council race

The Washington County Board of Elections on Wednesday tallied provisional ballots

November 14, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |
  • Washington County Election Board members, from left: Bruce Field, Tammy Downin, Carroll Earp, and board president John Benchoff confer with board attorney Roger Schlossberg Wednesday during the board's counting of provisional ballots from the election held last week.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Hagerstown Councilman Martin E. Brubaker has essentially wrapped up a re-election win, based on absentee and provisional ballots counted so far.

The Washington County Board of Elections on Wednesday tallied provisional ballots, which voters cast at the polls if there is a question about their registration status.

At the end of Election Day, which was Nov. 6, Brubaker led Councilman William M. Breichner by 188 votes in the race for the fifth and final council seat.

As of Wednesday, Brubaker’s lead was 178 votes. He had 5,573 votes to Breichner’s 5,395.

The board of elections has 126 more absentee ballots in the city races left to count; that will be done on Friday.

The board also has 287 absentee ballots left from the county outside the city, for a total of 413.

Kristin B. Aleshire remains at the top of the list for council candidates, with 8,492 votes.


Penny M. Nigh, Donald F. Munson and incumbent Lewis C. Metzner were next and also won council seats.

Munson is a Republican; the other four council winners are Democrats.

Absentee and provisional ballots also haven’t changed any other local races or the city’s ballot question.

Democrat David S. Gysberts has defeated Republican incumbent Robert E. Bruchey II for mayor.

A city referendum on nonpartisan elections was approved by a large margin.

Three Washington County Board of Education incumbents — Wayne D. Ridenour, Donna L. Brightman and Justin M. Hartings — were re-elected, along with challenger Melissa Williams. There were four open seats.

The board of elections tallied 850 provisional ballots on Wednesday.

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