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Somerset County Commissioners: Meet the candidates

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Delmarva Now/The Daily Times sent questionnaires to the Republicans and Democrats seeking a Somerset County Commissioners seat.

Included were basic biographical questions, as well as opportunities to list websites and social media accounts so voters can learn beyond just answers to the questions we asked. Responses were limited to 500 characters — the equivalent of more than two tweets. Responses are published unedited.

The questionnaire was sent in mid-June, and follow-ups were made with those who hadn’t responded. Those who didn’t answer by June 29 are listed below as “Did not respond.”

The primary is July 19, but early voting runs from July 7 through July 14.

Below, you will find biographical information followed by Q&A responses:

DISTRICT 1

Democrat

Craig N. Mathies

(unopposed in election)

DISTRICT 2

Republican

Caleb M. Shores

Age: 41

Occupation: Self employed

Primary residence: Princess Anne

Darryl K. Webster

Age: 60

Occupation: Retired

Primary Residence: Princess Anne (Mt. Vernon)

DISTRICT 3

Republican

Eldon S. Willing

Unopposed in Primary.

Did not respond.

Democratic

Orlondo Dell Taylor

Unopposed in Primary.

Age: 53

Occupation: Correctional dietary officer

Primary residence: Princess Anne

(Did not complete Q&A.)

District 4

Republican

Charles W. Laird

(Unopposed in Primary)

Did not respond

Democratic

Deborah A. Nissley

(Unopposed in Primary)

Age: 70

Occupation: Answering service operator

Primary residence: Crisfield

DISTRICT 5

Republican

Tim Howlett

(Unopposed in Primary)

Age: 61

Occupation: Self Employed/Retired State of Md

Primary residence: Crisfield

Democrat

Randy Laird

(Unopposed in Primary)

Did not respond.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Shores: As a County Commissioner, I will always put the residents and their well being first. I will fight against illegal state or federal laws and mandates which could negatively effect our residents. As the current elected Board of Education member for district 2, I have gained a lot of experience in budgeting, hiring, state regulations and working with employees. As a father of two, I would like to see Somerset County be a place for my children and others to stay, not just pass through.

Darryl Webster

Webster: The ability to talk and communicate with all different types of people is one of my strong points. My past experience as an Administrator in the Department of Public Safety will serve me well, during my career I learned to manage multi-million dollar budgets while managing 2 different correctional facilities. During this time i was also tasked with many personnel issues, involving hiring interviews, promotional interviews, the disciplinary process, and other aspects of the operations.



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