In a widely-watched and close contest, former Delegate and sitting Hogan Administration official Al Redmer, Jr. d=has defeated Delegate Pat McDonough to advance to the general election contest for Baltimore County Executive. The eventual margin, roughly 55-45%, was the closest in the Republican primary in that county for several cycles.
Redmer had served in the House of Delegates for 13 years, including two years as it Minority Leader. He also served under two governors (Erlich and Hogan) as Maryland Insurance Commissioner. He has extensive private sector experience in both insurance and financial fields.
The Baltimore Sun reported from the campaign’s election night event:
Redmer thanked his family and campaign staff — and looked ahead to November’s general election.
“We will run the most energetic, organized and competitive Republican campaign in a generation,” Redmer said. He said he would reach out to “like-minded” Democrats who want to see a change in Baltimore County leadership. The county hasn’t had a Republican county executive since the early 1990s.
Redmer will face the Democratic winner in the November general election. Following a very close Democratic primary, former Delegate John Olszewski, Jr. holds a narrow lead, but the final results will likely depend on remaining ballots. See Conduit Street‘s coverage of the close Democratic race.
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.