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Worcester without elections this year; 2018 will be busy

By Brian Gilliland | Nov 02, 2017

(Nov. 3, 2017) Consider this Nov. 7 the exact eye of the storm in Worcester County, as the acrimony of the 2016 election has yet to settle while the latest iteration of the “most important election in a generation” coming in 2018 has hardly even begun.

This year, no elections are being held on Election Day, the Worcester County Board of Elections confirmed. Next year, federal, state, county and municipal offices will be decided.

In Worcester, the race that has been going on the longest to date has been for the Sheriff’s Office, which is being vacated by Reggie Mason, who is retiring after first being elected in 2010. Three candidates are vying for the post: Matt Crisafulli, Mike McDermott and George Truitt.

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.

Mike McDermott has served as a former State Delegate, Pocomoke City mayor and sheriff’s deputy.

George Pruitt is a former Fruitland police officer, and current Abco Protection Agency security officer. He ran against Mason in 2014.

Three county commissioners have filed for re-election: Commissioner President Jim Bunting filed this past Monday, and was preceded by Chip Bertino and Diana Purnell.

Bunting ran unopposed in 2010 and 2014.

Bertino defeated Tom Wilson in 2014 after incumbent Judy Boggs decided to retire. Diana Purnell defeated Lorraine Purnell-Ayres for the seat vacated by the retiring James L. Purnell, who had held the seat since 1994.

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

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.

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