Julie Giordano defeats John Psota in Republican Primary for Wicomico County Executive
SALISBURY, Md. – School teacher and challenger Julie Giordano has defeated Acting County Executive John Psota in the Republican primary for the County Executive race.
After the final round of mail-in and provisional ballots were counted, Giordano amassed 3,774 votes with 51.92% of the vote, compared with 3,495 votes at 48.08% for John Psota.
Giordano led the race since election night and with the final round of votes being counted last night she says she received a call from the acting county executive conceding the election.
Giordano tells 47ABC she is proud of her grassroots campaign in the primary- and hopes to represent all of Wicomico county and not just conservatives.
“We were very happy election night, and Wednesday nights count came in and last night with it being finalized we were very excited and ready to go back to work- being conservative as I am, I am one for everybody and I want people on both sides of the aisle to understand that I will be an executive for everybody, not just one party,” she said.
But with her win confirmed, Giordano now faces a new candidate to compete with in the November general election.
Salisbury City Council President Muir Boda had been considering a run against Giordano, but when he found out she had appointed Former Hogan staffer Bunky Luffman to her team as administrative director, he was reconsidering it. But according to Boda, he now feels he needs to present an alternative to both Giordano and Democratic Nominee Ernie Davis, and will now run as a libertarian candidate.
“As much as I respect Bunky his name is not on the ballot, Julie Giordano is, and that is the individual I am running against, in my conversations with republicans, democrats, and independents there are folks who are not happy with both candidates on the ballot,” he said.
Both will face off against Democratic candidate and County Council member Ernie Davis in the general election.