"You're penalizing innocent people with the rain tax," Wilks
said after voting in the morning at Tench Tilghman Elementary Middle School in
East Baltimore. "You can't control the rain. You, me, and all of us shouldn't
be paying for God's rain."
"I voted for Doug Gansler," George Dersch said. "I think [Lt. Gov. Anthony] Brown is just a rubber stamp of Martin O'Malley. I just don't want to vote for the machine."
He also voted for state Sen. Jim Brochin because the Baltimore County Democrat has proven that he's also not a "rubber stamp" for O'Malley or Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. The couple said Kamenetz lost their respect when he refused to repay hundreds of Baltimore County police retirees who were overcharged for health insurance.
"That didn't sit well with us," Barbara Dersch said. She voted for Harford County
Executive David Craig, she said, "because of his experience."
"Experience counts for a lot."
George said he worries that the Democratic Party in Maryland has become too liberal.
"I registered as a Democrat when I was very young," he said. "But they're getting pretty liberal."
It's Election Day!
I already voted to elect Anthony Brown to serve as our State's next governor
during the early voting window, and if you have yet to cast your ballot, I that
hope you'll add your vote to mine today.
With Anthony as my partner in Annapolis, we've created good-paying jobs, driven
crime down to thirty year lows, and done more than any other state to keep
college affordable for our children. Our public schools were ranked #1 in the
country for five straight years, and Maryland's workers have the highest median
income the country.
You know the choices we've made, and the results we've achieved together.
And I believe there's no one better prepared than Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman
to build on the progress we've made together and lead Maryland into the future.
From Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood in Anne Arundel County: In Anne Arundel's
hard-fought Republican primary for county executive, candidates Laura Neuman and Steve Schuh planned a full day of trying to win over voters.
Neuman voted at Annapolis Middle School shortly after the polls opened, with her husband Paul Volkman and children, Alex and Avery. Though Neuman is the incumbent county executive, it was the first time she voted for herself. She was appointed to her position by the County Council last year after John R. Leopold resigned.
Asked how she felt about Election Day, Neuman said: "I'm very peaceful. I've worked hard. It's up to the voters."
Neuman posed for a photo with her family and chatted with a few voters before hopping in a car for a day full of stops at voting sites around the county.
Schuh, meanwhile, was camped out at a church in Severna Park, where he was joined by former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and Kendel Ehrlich in shaking hands with voters and handing out sample ballots advertising Schuh's allies in Anne Arundel Republican races.
"Win, lose or draw, we did everything we could do. We will not look back and say, 'Coulda, shoulda, woulda,'" said Schuh, who also had a long schedule of planned visits to voting sites.
Though Ehrlich, who lives in Annapolis, has remained neutral in the Republican gubernatorial primary, he said he was pleased to support Schuh. Ehrlich has recorded TV and
radio ads for Schuh and appeared at campaign events. Ehrlich said he's particularly impressed with Schuh's budget acumen.
"He's a budget geek. He's a really great guy. He loves this county," Ehrlich said.
The winner of Anne Arundel's Republican primary for county executive will face George F. Johnson IV, a former county sheriff who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.