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Snow Hill re-elects Dorman  in spirited race with Gilliland

Political newcomer engages community, runs amicable campaign vs incumbent
By Josh Davis | May 03, 2018
Photo by: JOSH DAVIS/OCEAN CITY TODAY Brian Gilliland, left, chats with Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman on Tuesday minutes before election results were announced. Dorman was reelected to a fourth term, 188 to 106 votes, over the political newcomer.

(May 4, 2018) Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman was reelected to a fourth term on Tuesday, 188 to 106 votes, over challenger Brian Gilliland.

Election officials said 29 absentee ballots and two provisional ballots were cast.

Dorman, 76, was first elected in 2012 and reelected without opposition in 2014 and 2016. The Baltimore native and owner of The Country Flag was formerly the Snow Hill director of public works.

“It’s been tough. This is my last one, so I was hoping it was going to be easy,” Dorman said. “Honest candidate. A lot of other people said negative things, but [Gilliland] was great.

“We’ll go on for the next two years, just to see what we can do. There are a lot of things we want to accomplish and get finished,” he continued. “I know it’s tough for him walking away, but he was a great candidate.”

Gilliland, 42, is a veteran journalist and currently is the associate editor of Ocean City Today. A New Jersey native, he moved to the area in 2002 with his wife, Lora.

“I was really excited to run,” he said. “We ran a good, clean campaign. Congratulations to Charlie – I wish him all the success in the future.

“I talked to a lot of people and I formulated a plan that I thought would work for everybody, and the voters of Snow Hill decided to take a different path,” Gilliland continued. “That’s what it’s going to be for the next couple years, and I wish the town and Charlie and the council all great success.”

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