Ocean City Today

No shortage of candidates for 2018

Commissioners seek next term, others file for office with deadline months away
By Brian Gilliland | Oct 12, 2017

(Oct. 13, 2017) Though the filing deadline is still months away and the election is more than a year out, several candidates have already filed their paperwork to run in the 2018 election.

The most hotly contested race at this point is for sheriff, as Reggie Mason, incumbent since 2010, is not running for reelection and has endorsed candidate Matt Crisafulli for the office.

Crisafulli is an 18-year veteran of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office as the D.A.R.E. officer at the schools, with previous service in the Pocomoke City Police Department.

Former State Delegate, Pocomoke City mayor and sheriff’s deputy Mike McDermott has also filed for the office, and has been endorsed by State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby and County Commissioner Bud Church.

Former Fruitland police officer, and current Abco Protection Agency security officer George Pruitt has also filed to run for the office. He ran against Mason in 2014.

All three Sheriff’s office candidates are Republicans.

Two county commissioners have also filed for reelection, and are currently unopposed. Both were first elected in 2014.

Chip Bertino, who took office after the last election, following the retirement of incumbent Judy Boggs, said he has worked hard to demonstrate his effectiveness to the people of Ocean Pines over the past 3.5 years.

Incumbent Democrat Diana Purnell also filed to represent District 4, mostly composed of the western part of the county along with parts of Berlin and Snow Hill, but declined to comment on her candidacy.

Terri Westcott, currently the chief deputy Register of Wills under Charlotte Cathell, has filed to succeed her boss, who has decided not to run for a sixth term. Cathell has endorsed Westcott for the role.

Linda Hess, chief judge of the Orphan’s Court, who was first elected in 2006 is seeking another term, as is Michael Diffendal, who first took office in 2016. Both are Republicans.


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