Baltimore County Council Changes Raise Importance of Collaboration

The recent election shifted the partisan split on the Baltimore County Council to a 4-3 majority for Democrats, and has returning members of both parties talking about collaborative efforts for the upcoming term. From coverage in the Baltimore Sun:

Re-elected councilmen, Republican David Marks, who represents Towson and Perry Hall, and Democrat Tom Quirk, who represents Catonsville and Arbutus, plan to continue the non-partisan relationship they began last term to accomplish even more going forward.

Quirk points to 50 different bills and resolutions the pair collaborated on.

“There’s a lot less partisan division at the local level. We are dealing with issues like schools, government services, firemen and teachers,” Quirk said. “I am looking forward to working with the newcomers.”

Those newcomers include Republican Todd Crandell, representing Dundalk and Essex and replacing longtime Democrat Councilman John Olszewski Sr. who stepped down. Crandell becomes the first Republican to represent that district since the County Council was formed in 1956.

Republican Wade Kach, a longtime state delegate who replaces Todd Huff, will represent North Baltimore County; and Democrat Julian Jones, who defeated incumbent Ken Oliver in the primary and was unopposed in the general election, represents Randallstown and Woodlawn

Read the full Sun coverage.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties