The Prince George’s and Howard County Council Members win in the general elections for seats in the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates.
Prince George’s County County Council Member Obie Patterson elected to Maryland State Senate.
Prince George’s County County Council Member Obie Patterson will be returning to Annapolis in 2019. Patterson previously served in the General Assembly from as a Member of House of Delegates, representing District 26, from 1995 to 2007.
Prince George’s County Council Member Obie Patterson won the General Election for Maryland State Senate in District 26. The State Board of Elections reports Patterson with 92.7% of the votes with all precincts reporting. Patterson’s Republican opponent, Ike Puzon, served in the US Navy and worked at the Pentagon, the State Department.
As described on the Prince George’s County Council website, Council Member Patterson has a range of experience in local government,
Council Member Patterson will serve as Chair of the Council’s Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee for the 2015 Legislative Year. He was elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Council for Legislative Year 2013. In Legislative Year 2014, Council Member Patterson served as Chair of the Council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee (HEHS); a member of the Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee (THE); a member of the Rules, General Assembly Committee and the Committee of the Whole. Council Member Patterson is a designated board member for Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation; and Council Representative to the Prince George’s Community Foundation, as well as the Board for Social Services.
Anne Arundel County Council Member John Grasso loses Senate bid to Maryland State Delegate Pam Beidle for District 32.
Anne Arundel Council Member Grasso received 33.9% of the vote, while State Delegate Pam Beidle won 65.9% with all precincts reporting.
Grasso is serving his second term as Council Member for the Second District in Anne Arundel County. Beidle served on the Anne Arundel County Council from 1998 to 2006, and in the House of Delegates from 2006 to the present. In the House of Delegates, she is a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee. She will now move to the Maryland Senate as the Senator for District 32.
House of Delegates
Charles County Council Member Debra Davis will represent Maryland’s District 28 in the House of Delegates.
Charles County Commissioner Debra Davis succeeded in her primary bid to join the House of Delegates, securing the Democratic nomination for District 28. She joined returning incumbents C.T. Wilson and Edith Patterson as nominees into the general election, where Democrats have held all three seats since 2006.
In the general election, Davis earned 23.8% of the vote – the top vote-getter, with incumbents Wilson and Patterson earning 22.8% and 23.2% respectively and all precincts reporting.
Commissioner Davis has served for two terms in Charles County, after initially being elected to serve District 2 in 2010. In addition to various posts within Charles County, Commissioner Davis has also served since 2015 as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), helping guide its delivery of insurance coverage for local governments across Maryland. Commissioner Davis practices law outside her public service roles.
Prince George’s County Council Member Andrea Harrison elected to represent Maryland’s District 24 in the House of Delegates.
Harrison advanced in the primary along with incumbents Erek Barron and Jazz Lewis. The candidates were unopposed in general election as no republicans filed for House District 24. In the General Election, Harrison led the race capturing a total of 36.8%. Baron and Lewis came in second and third with 31.6% and 31.0% of the vote, all precincts reporting.
Andrea Harrison was first elected to the Prince George’s County Council in a 2008 special election and served two years. She was reelected in 2010 and 2014. Harrison represents the 5th District which includes Bladensburg, Cheverly, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Edmonston, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Landover, portions of Lanham, Mitchellville, and portions of unincorporated Bowie and Hyattsville.
Howard County Council Member Jen Terrasa will represent Maryland’s District 13 in the House of Delegates.
Howard County Council Member Terrasa will join the Maryland House of Delegates. Terrasa earned 27.0% of the vote, while incumbents Atterbeary and Pendergrass earned 30.6% and 28.4% respectively with all precincts reporting.
Councilwoman Terrasa was elected to the Howard County Council in November 2006 to represent Howard County’s 3rd District, which includes Allview, North Laurel, Savage, Guilford, and portions of Jessup as well as the villages of Kings Contrivance and Owen Brown in Columbia.
Terrasa has been an active member of MACo, serving on the MACo Legislative Committee and the Education Subcommittee.
In the State’s District 13 Delegate race, Terrasa, Pendergrass, and Atterbeary advanced in the Democratic primary and faced Republican candidate Chris Yates in the general election. Yates, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who served in the Navy and worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, earned 13.6% in the general election.
Former Howard County Council Member Courtney Watson beats incumbent Delegate Bob Flanagan in District 9b.
Former Howard County Council Member Courtney Watson earned 56.8% of the vote in the general election for House of Delegates District 9b, besting incumbent Delegate Bob Flanagan who earned 43.0% of the vote with all precincts reporting.
Bob Flanagan has represented Ellicott City (District 9B) in the Maryland General Assembly since 2014.
In Howard County, Watson served as Chairman of the Board of Education and on the Howard County Council. As described by her campaign,
Courtney was elected to the Howard County Council representing Ellicott City and Elkridge. During her tenure Howard County thrived despite difficult economic times. Howard County maintained the lowest rate of unemployment and added more private sector jobs than any other county in the state. It maintained its AAA rating while leveraging new technologies and creating opportunities for workforce readiness.
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.