By: Mike Kennedy|
November 8th, 2010
Category: Garrett County News, News
An entirely new board of County Commissioners was recently elected in Garrett County, Maryland and will take public office in the very near future. Republicans Gregan Crawford, Jim Raley, and Bob Gatto all won their respective districts in last Tuesday’s elections. Jim Raley is no relation to Railey Realty owner and licensed salesperson Jimmy Railey.
Two incumbents on the current board of Commissioners, Ernie Gregg and Fred Holliday, were defeated in September’s primary by Gregan Crawford and Jim Raley respectively. Mr. Crawford is from the Southern Garrett County area. Mr. Raley is from the Northern Garrett area and has served on the school board in the past.
The third incumbent, Denny Glotfelty, earlier won his district’s primary race but sadly lost his battle with cancer just one week before the November election. Bob Gatto successfully won the late Mr. Glotfelty’s seat and Deep Creek Lake area district as a write-in candidate.
The Garrett County Board of Realtors is planning to engage and have ongoing dialog with all three new County Commissioners along with Maryland Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel. Both Edwards and Beitzel were easily re-elected for new terms. Members on the Board of Realtors include Railey Realty agents Larry Smith, Mike Kennedy, and Erin Strubin.
Railey Realty firmly believes in working with county government and taking a pro-active stance on all issues relating to real estate in Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake. Current issues in the forefront that could have an effect on property values and rights include tax assessments, the county’s budget, appointments to the Planning Commission, protecting the water quality in Deep Creek Lake, windmill setbacks and decommissioning standards, and the proposed Marcellus Shale gas well drilling.