(March 7, 2014) Some candidates are assured of winning their elections for Worcester County Commissioner because of the lack of competition, but other candidates will have more competition because of last minute filings on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the deadline to file for office in the Worcester County 2014 gubernatorial primary election.
Worcester County Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw, a Republican from Pocomoke, will retain his seat representing District 1 because no one filed to run against him.
In District 2, the minority-majority district now held by James Purnell, who is retiring from public office, Lorraine Purnell-Ayres, a Republican from Snow Hill, filed Feb. 25 to run against Diana Purnell, a Democrat who lives near Berlin.
The election for District 3 pits firefighter/paramedic Mike Maykrantz, a Democrat, against Bud Church, owner of Bud Church Coldwell Banker Real Estate, who is a Republican and president of the Worcester County Commissioners for the fourth consecutive year. Both men live in West Ocean City and are active in the West Ocean City Association.
County Commissioner Virgil Shockley, a Democrat from Snow Hill, will have no competition in the primary election to represent District 4, but four people are vying to be his Republican competition. Molly Hilligoss of Snow Hill, owner of Beach to Bay Publishing, filed Feb. 25 to join Kathryn Danko-Lord, co-owner of Costa Ventosa Winery in Whaleyville and Ted Elder, a Whaleyville resident who is president of the Worcester County Bus Contractors Association, in the Republican primary.
In District 5, the Ocean Pines district, four people filed for the seat now held by Commissioner Judy Boggs, who is retiring. Tom Wilson, a retiree whose career in the federal government included being the executive officer of the African Development Foundation, is the sole Democrat. On the Republican side are Courier publisher Chip Bertino, head of hotel security Ray Unger and Grant Helvey, a member of the Worcester County Tea Party.
In District 6, which includes Bishopville and part of Ocean Pines, Commissioner Madison Bunting, former owner of a surveying business, is challenged by Linda Busick, the former commissioner who lost to Bunting in the last election. Both are Republicans.
Joseph Mitrecic, a Republican, has no competition in his bid to be the county commissioner representing Ocean City. He will take the place of retiring Louise Gulyas.