Local Candidates tell us what they think their prospects are for winning the election next week
By David Noss
LEONARDTOWN, Md. At todays toast to the soon-to-come Port of Leonardtown winery (see
Leonardtown Toasts Launch of New Winery), the crowd was filled with politiciansfrom the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the St. Marys County Commissioners to candidates for sheriff, judgeships, and other political hopefuls. With only a week to go until the General Election, candidates were looking for one more chance to try and win the vote of any yet undecided voters. As any good politician will tell you, It aint over until its over.
We took advantage of the gathering to ask the candidates what they thought their prospects were for winning their race next week.
I feel good about the campaign, said incumbent Sheriff David Zylak (D). I think were doing all the right things.
I think the campaign has gone well, said Zylaks competitor, Tim Cameron (R). Im where I hoped I would be. Cameron also complemented Zylak on the way he has conducted his campaign. I give my opponent a lot of credit, said Cameron. Its been a gentlemans race throughout. Now its up to the voters.
I listen, Im honest, I use common sense, said Kenney Dement (R), candidate for Commissioner of District 1. I feel confident Ill win again. When we asked Dements opponent Elfreda Talbert Mathis (D) if she was optimistic about the outcome, she said, Im still smiling.
Joe St. Clair (D), candidate for Commissioner of District 3, was very confident. I think Im going to be here for the citizens of the county, he said.
Jenks Mattingly, one of four candidates for three Judge seats of the Orphans Court, noted that, weve all worked hard. He said that he had a good primary, but the race is a long way from over. Theres still a lot of work to be done. I dont think its over until its over.
The campaign looks good, but we take nothing for granted, said Jack Russell (D), candidate for Commissioner President. Were still beating bushes. Russell was making a light-hearted reference to his opponent Joseph B. Bush, Sr. (R). Since this is a key race in the County, we tried, but were unable to reach
Bush by either phone or email for his prediction about the outcome of the race.
Our prospects are good, said Thomas McKay (R), candidate for State Senator of District 29. I think well sneak out a marginal tie in St. Marys County and carry Calvert and Charles County. McKays opponent, Senator Roy Dyson (D) did not attend the event.
Editors Note: Apologies to any candidate in attendance with whom we did not speak. It was not intentional.