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Regional Recap, April 4, 2012

| April 04, 2012, 09:05 AM | 0 Comments

Abysmal Turnout Reported At Polls. None of Tuesday’s primary winners can exactly claim a mandate from the people of Maryland because turnout was really low.State elections officials said only about 10 percent of registered voters in Maryland came out to the polls.Turnout peaked at 16 percent in conservative western Maryland and leveled out to around 9 percent in more liberal Baltimore City, elections officials said.

Anne Arundel Community College Names Next President. Anne Arundel Community College has chosen its sixth president.Officials said Dawn Lindsay will replace President Martha A. Smith on Aug. 1. Smith announced last year that she would retire after 18 years on the job.Lindsay has been president of Glendale Community College in California since 2009 and is a commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges.Lindsay earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in educational counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Dog Burning Trial Witness Prefers Jail Time To Testimony.  A Baltimore Circuit Court judge has ordered a witness jailed for six months for refusing to testify at the trial of twins accused of setting a pit bull puppy on fire, causing fatal burns.Travers and Tremayne Johnson, both 20, were identified at their first trial by Tiera Goodman, 25, as running from the scene in 2009. The first trial ended in a mistrial.The Baltimore Sun reported that on the witness stand Tuesday, Goodman told Judge Emanuel Brown that she wasn’t going to testify. A prosecutor asked if Goodman, who is serving time on an unrelated charge, would rather serve additional time than testify.

6 Members Of Congress Win Primaries. Holding his own against seven Republican challengers, 85-year-old Rep. Roscoe Bartlett won his party’s nomination Tuesday night to seek an 11th term in Maryland’s newly-drawn 6th Congressional District. Democratic voters in Tuesday’s primary also nominated incumbents John Sarbanes in the 3rd Congressional District, Donna Edwards in the 4th, Steny Hoyer in the 5th, Elijah Cummings in the 7th and Chris Van Hollen in the 8th. The state’s two other House members were uncontested in the primary. They are freshman Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st District and Democrat C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2nd.

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