The Baltimore County Council will have at least two new members for the upcoming term, following this year’s primary elections. In District Three Delegate A. Wade Kach beat incumbent Todd Huff in the GOP primary, and in District Four Democratic incumbent Kenneth N. Oliver has lost to challenger Julian Earl Jones. Here is the play-by-play:
Councilwoman Vicki Almond won the democratic primary for District Two with 75.5% of the total vote against challenger Jonathan Herbst. This was the second battle between Almond and Herbst. In the 2010 general election, Almond beat Herbst who was a Republican at the time. This time around, Herbst was endorsed by both County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Senator Bobby Zirkin, for whom Almond once served as Chief of Staff. The core issue between Almond and Herbst has centered around development and protection of small businesses, with Herbst claiming too much focus had been on the Foundry Row development at the site of the former Solo Cup property in Owings Mills. Almond will face Republican candidate Rudy Mitchell Stoler in the general election. Stoler was unopposed in the Republican primary.
Republican incumbent Todd Huff lost to challenger Delegate A. Wade Kach in the GOP primary with Kach winning 65.6% of the total vote. Kach, who has served in the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 5B since 1975, ran for the County Council position on the platform of strengthening property rights, school construction and improvement, and reducing taxing and spending. Controversy between the two candidates focused on zoning issues and whether decisions were being made in the interest of the district residents. Kach will face Democratic candidate Laurie Taylor-Mitchell in the general election. Taylor-Mitchell had no registered opposition in the Democratic primary.
Much like his fellow Council Member Vicki Almond, Democratic incumbent Kenneth N. Oliver also faced a Democratic primary rematch against challenger Julian Earl Jones for the District Four Council Member seat. In 2010, Oliver beat Jones by a close 98 votes. Jones won the 2014 Democratic primary with 48.5% of votes. Jones will be unopposed in the general election as there is no registered Republican candidate for the 4th District.
In the Democratic Primary, incumbent Cathy Bevins scored 62.9% of the total vote and retained her seat against challenger Jeff Beard. Bevins was endorsed by the county teachers’, police officers’ and firefighters’ unions as well as by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, while Beard had backing from the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and former District Six Councilman Joe Bartenfelder. Bevins will face Republican candidate Jason L. Samios-Uy.
Out of five Democratic contenders, Joseph A. DiCara won the crowded Democratic primary for District Seven. Incumbent John Olszewski Sr. did not seek re-election. DiCara will face Republican candidate Todd Crandell in the general election.
In District One, incumbent Tom Quirk was unopposed in the Democratic primary but will face Republican Albert Nalley in the general election. District Five incumbent David Marks was unchallenged in the primary and faces no filed opposition for the general election.
*Vote totals from the State Board of Elections as of 8:32 AM EST on June 25, 2014