In his second easy election win of the year, Republican Johnny Mautz captured the District 37 state Senate seat in last week’s balloting.
With just a handful of mail-in ballots still to be counted, Mautz defeated Democrat Naomi Hyman, 28,076 votes to 16,932 votes, taking 62 percent of the vote total.
In July, Mautz won with 75 percent of the vote in the Republican primary election against incumbent Addie Eckardt.
Mautz grew up in St. Michaels and Easton before graduating from the University of Dayton in 1994 and Ohio Northern University Law School in 1997. He and his family own and operate the Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels.
Additionally, Mautz previously worked as a legislative lawyer for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. He was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018 and is a longstanding member of the House Economic Matters Committee.
A Pennsylvania native who now resides in Easton, Democratic opponent Hyman worked as an educator for more than 40 years in settings ranging from large corporations to small community-based organizations. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee.
Two seats were up for grabs in District 37B, and each was won by a Republican.
Incumbent Chris Adams of Salisbury and businessman Tom Hutchinson of Woolford topped Democrat Susan Delean-Botkin of Oxford.
Adams had 20,729 votes, Hutchinson received 19,956 votes and Delean-Botkin received 13,688.
Adams, a Salisbury business owner, was first elected in 2014. Born in Salisbury, he attended Wicomico Senior High School and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business from Salisbury University. He is a member of the House Economic Matters Committee.
Hutchinson is a small-business owner known for his redevelopment work with Cambridge Main Street.
District 37B includes the western portion of Wicomico County, portions of Dorchester and Caroline counties, and all of Talbot County.