Elrich Edging Blair in Tight Montgomery Exec Race

In a closely-watched multi-way Democratic primary contest, sitting County Councilmember Marc Elrich emerged Tuesday night with a narrow edge on businessman David Blair. The margin narrows the race to those two candidates, but the close margin will surely oblige a full accounting of absentee and provisional ballots to fully resolve the primary, which in recent elections has been tantamount to a determination of the eventual officeholder.

Council Member Elrich has served three terms on the Montgomery County Council, most recently serving as chair of its Public Safety Committee. He has been one of four at-large members of the Council, and was one of three affected by the recently-implemented term limits, adopted by charter amendment during the 2014 elections. Prior to his county service, Elrich served for 10 terms on the Takoma Park City Council.

Elrich’s campaign received wide support from labor organizations, among other county-level stakeholders. Marc attended Montgomery County Public Schools and graduated from Einstein High School. He earned a BA in History from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Marc raised his now adult children in Montgomery County and has four grandchildren.

Visit the State Board of Elections site for detailed results from the 2018 primary election in Montgomery County.

MACo’s election coverage and analysis relies, as always, on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow, after a full accounting of pending ballots. Given the larger-than-usual expected number of provisional ballots (which would not be included in the unofficial vote total), readers are advised that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties