The unofficial results of the Washington County Commissioners race have been released. There were 11 candidates competing for five seats.
Despite the rain on Tuesday, there was a steady amount of people who came out to vote. One of the races the voters helped decide the outcome for, was the Washington County Commissioner race.
“My thought on the whole ballot, I voted straight Republican down the ticket. I’m a staunch Republican, so that’s the way I went,” said Albert Hetzel, a Sharpsburg voter.
Many residents did what Hetzel did when voting for the county commissioners. All five Republican candidates won. Three were incumbents and two were newcomers. One of those newcomers was Cort Meinelschimdt. Meinelschimdt believes his financial background will be an asset to the county.
“I’m a numbers person by trade. I’m a financial adviser by trade. Looking at the budget, I think we need to spend a little bit more due diligence on our budget,” said Meinelschimdt.
Another newcomer is Randy Wagner. Wagner believes the county could use some improvements in certain areas as well.
“I think the whole key to Washington County is that we have to have more businesses. We have to nurture the businesses that are already here and we have to bring more businesses in. That creates the tax base. That brings in more money,” said Wagner.
All four Democrats and the two candidates who ran as unaffiliated lost in the race. Elizabeth Paul, a Democrat who finished sixth, was hoping she could join the county to bring change.
Washington County Commissioners had much talked about controversy last year. Leroy Myers decided not to run for reelection. He was accused of sexual misconduct by a former Washington County employee.
“I also got really tired of all of the negative headlines. Some of the personal scandals that were going on. And I feel to attract and maintain the kind of businesses we want here to help everybody’s life improve, that we really need to do better,” said Paul.
The candidates each say they are happy the election is now behind them.