SALISBURY, MD – While Wicomico County councilwoman Gail Bartovich (R-3) has 15 1/2 months remaining in her current term, she has confirmed the worst kept secret in Wicomico County – she will not seek re-election. Bartkovich is serving her third term on the council.
While many conservatives have had their disagreements with Bartkovich over the years, Bartkovich has been a reliably right-of-center voice for the county and her constituents in District 3. More importantly, Bartkovich has consistently been the most well prepared council member during her tenure. Voters may agree with her position, or disagree, but they can always be assured that she has taken a stand based on all of the relevant facts.
Since the beginning of this term it has been expected that Bartkovich would retire in 2014. Bartkovich’s husband, surgeon John Bartkovich, is nearing retirement. Bartkovich enjoys travel and spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren.
Few voters truly understand the long hours a good council member spends on a job that pays little and is underappreciated. Bartkovich has been a good council member. If it takes Bartkovich longer than 24 hours to get back to a constituent, you can assume that she is ill or has a family emergency (our experience is that she usually returns your call in less than an hour).
District 1 councilwoman Sheree Sample-Hughes is retiring to unseat former ally Del. Rudy Cane (D-37A). While she has not officially announced, it is also expected that councilwoman Stevie Prettyman (R-2) – the council’s longest serving member – will also retire in 2014.
At least one District 3 Republican plans on seeking Bartkovich’s seat. They will have big shoes to fill if elected.