Grasso Wins Narrow Republican Primary in Anne Arundel Senate Race, Results Mixed in House/Council Races

Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso

District 32 Senate Primary

Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso narrowly defeated Maureen Bryant in Republican Primary for State Senate, District 32. Grasso received 1,687 votes or 51.1 percent of the vote to Bryant’s 1,616 votes or 48.9 percent of the vote. Grasso will face Delegate Pam Beidle, who did not have a challenger in the Democratic primary, in the general election.

District 30 Senate Primary

Sarah Elfreth defeated Chrissy Holt in the Democratic primary for State Senate, District 30. Elfreth received 6,166 votes or 58.8 percent of the votes to Holt’s 4,327 votes or 41.2 percent of the vote. Elfreth will face Republican Ron George, who did not have a primary opponent, in the general election.

District 30A House Primary

House Speaker Mike Busch and Alice Cain won the Democratic primary in District 30A. Busch received 5,511 votes or 40.2 percent of the votes while Cain received 3,836 votes or 28.0 percent of the votes. Speaker Busch and Cain will face Republican primary winners Chelsea Gill and Bob O’Shea in the general election.

District 30B House Primary

Seth Howard captured the Republican primary in District 30B. Howard received 1,770 votes or 73.6 percent of the vote. Howard will face Democratic primary winner Mike Shay, who received 1,397 votes or 54.4 percent of the vote, in the general election.

District 31B House Primary

House Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke and Brian Chisholm defeated former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold and Darren Therrien to capture the Republican Primary. Kipke received 4,453 votes or 43.3 percent of the votes while Chisholm received 3,992 votes or 38.8 percent of the votes. Kipke and Chisholm will face Democratic primary winners Harry E. Freeman and Karen Patricia Simpson in the general election.

District 32 House Primary

Incumbent Delegate Mark Chang and J. Sandy Bartlett defeated five challengers to win the Democratic primary election in District 32. Chang received 4,410 votes or 22.3 percent of the votes while Bartlett received 4,055 votes or 20.5 percent of the votes. Chang and Bartlett will face Republican primary winners Patty Ewing and Tim Walters in the general election.

District 33 House Primary

Incumbent Republican Delegates Sid Saab, Tony McConkey, and Michael Malone advanced in the Republican primary for House of Delegates, District 33. Notable challengers included Anne Arundel County Councilman and 2018 MACo President Jerry Walker and Stacie MacDonald. Saab received 6,643 votes or 26.8 percent of the votes, Malone received 5,012 votes or 20.3 percent of the votes, McConkey received 4,122 votes or 16.7 percent of the votes, MacDonald received 3,834 votes or 15.5 percent of the votes, and Walker received 3,201 votes or 12.9 percent of the votes. Saab, McConkey, and Malone will face Democratic primary winners Heather Bagnall, Tracie Cramer Hovermale, and Pam Luby in the general election.

County Council

District 1

Sarah Lacey defeated incumbent Councilmember Pete Smith in the Democratic primary for Council District 1. Lacey received 2,417 votes or 55.7 percent of the votes. Lacey will face Republican primary winner Kimberly McCoy Burns in the general election.

District 2

Allison Pickard defeated Candy L. Fontz in the Democratic primary for Council District 2, a seat vacated by John Grasso, who is running for State Senate. Pickard received 2,412 votes or 64.7 percent of the vote. Pickard will face Republican primary winner Tom Gardner in the general election.

District 3

Nathan Volke won the Republican primary election in Council District 3, a seat vacated by Councilman Derek Fink, who is not seeking re-election. Volke received 3,716 votes or 79.2 percent of the vote. Volke will face Democratic primary winner Debbie Ritchie in the general election.

District 4

Incumbent Councilmember Andrew Pruski was unopposed in the Democratic primary for Council District 4 and will face Republican primary winner Torrey J. Snow, also unopposed in the primary, in the general election.

District 5

Amanda Fielder defeated incumbent Councilmember Michael Peroutka in the Republican primary for Council District 5. Fielder received 3,077 votes or 53.1 percent of the vote. Fielder will face Democratic primary winner Dawn Gough Myers in the general election.

District 6

Lisa Brannigan Rodvien defeated Scott MacMullan to capture the Democratic Primary in Council District 6. The seat is being vacated by Councilmember Chris Trumbauer, who is not seeking re-election. Brannigan Rodvien received 3,717 votes or 51.2 percent of the votes. Brannigan Rodvien will face Republican Primary winner Michael Christman in the general election.

District 7

Jessica Haire defeated Jonathan Boniface to win the Republican primary in Council District 7. The seat is being vacated by Councilmember Jerry Walker, who ran for Delegate in District 33. Haire received 2,539 votes or 51.9 percent of the votes. Haire will face Democratic Primary winner James Kitchin in the general election.

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.

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