This article summarizes key county races from Central Maryland for the 2018 election.
Note: All vote totals cited in this article are from the unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections (MSBE) as of 6:08 am on 2018-11-07.
Anne Arundel County
County Executive: In a highly contested race, incumbent County Executive Steve Schuh (R) lost to challenger Steuart Pittman (D). Pittman captured 109,585 votes (51.8%) while while Schuh managed 101,822 (votes (48.1%).
County Council: The County Council flipped from being majority Republican (4-3) to majority Democrat (4-3). The winners for County Council are:
- Sarah Lacey (D – District 1) with 14,521 votes (56.4%)
- Allison Pickard (D – District 2) with 13,087 votes (53.6%)
- Nathan Volke (R – District 3) with 18,971 votes (63.5%)
- Andrew Pruski (D – District 4) with 19,302 votes (65.7%)
- Amanda Fiedler (R – District 5) with 19,489 votes (55.1%)
- Lisa Brannigan Rodvien (D – District 6) with 18,402 votes (59.4%)
- Jessica Haire (R – District 7) with 17,604 votes (52.5%)
Baltimore City’s election cycle is staggered from most other local jurisdictions. The Mayor and City Council Members will be up for re-election in 2020.
County Executive: John “Johnny O” Olszewski, Jr. (D) defeated Al Redmer, Jr. (R) in a closely watched race. Olszewski received 174,771 votes (57.4%) to Redmer’s 129,427 votes (42.5%).
County Council: The Baltimore County Council remains largely unchanged with all incumbents but one returning. In District 2, Izzy Patoka (D) will be replacing Vicki Almond (D) after Almond chose to unsuccessfully run in the County Executive race. Almond lost to Olszewski in the democratic primary. The winners for County Council are:
- Tom Quirk (D – District 1) with 26,951 votes (67.7%)
- Izzy Patoka (D – District 2) with 32,046 votes (71.6%)
- Wade Kach (R – District 3) with 30,119 votes (58.1%)
- Julian Jones (D – District 4) with 40,536 votes (99.0%)
- David Marks (R – District 5) with 27,187 votes (59.0%)
- Cathy Bevins (D – District 6) with 21,907 votes (53.8%)
- Todd Crandell (R – District 7) with 18,516 votes (57.4%)
County Commissioners: The Board of County Commissioners remains entirely Republican with the Commission’s current President, Vice President, and Secretary returning. There are two new faces, Christopher Bouchat (R) and Ed Rothstein (R), who will replace outgoing Commissioners Richard Rothschild (R) and Doug Howard (R) respectively. The winners for County Commissioners are:
- Stephen Wantz (R – District 1) with 12,136 votes (98.4%)
- C. Richard Weaver (R – District 2) with 11,896 votes (91.1%)
- Dennis Frazier (R – District 3) with 7,876 votes (62.3%)
- Christopher Bouchat (R – District 4) with 9,653 votes (66.2%)
- Ed Rothstein (R – District 5) with 11,905 votes (96.9%)
County Executive: Jan Gardener (D) will serve a second term as County Executive with 50,974 votes (51.2%). Her opponent, Maryland Delegate Kathy Afzali (R), received 43,790 votes (44.0%).
County Council: There was a significant shake-up in the County Council, with only two incumbents, M.C. Keegan-Ayer (D) and Jessica Fitzwater (D), returning.
Incumbent Kirby Delauter (R) ran an unsuccessful bid for County Executive, losing to Afzali in the Republican primary. Incumbent Billy Shreve (R) sought to represent District 8 in the Maryland State Senate but was defeated by Craig Giangrande in the primary election.
Incumbents Bud Otis (R). Tony Chmelik (R) and Jerry Donald (D) all lost in their respective County Council primaries.
As of Wednesday morning, the winners for County Council are:
- Kai John Hagen (D – At Large) with 43,002 votes (23.7%)
- Philip Dacey (R – At Large) with 42,781 votes (23.6%)
- Kevin Grubb (R – District 1) with 10,876 votes (50.1%)
- Steven McKay (R – District 2) with 13,054 votes (57.5%)
- M.C. Keegan-Ayer (D – District 3) with 10,343 votes (63.3%)
- Jessica Fitzwater (D – District 4) with 11,023 votes (61.4%)
- Michael Blue (R – District 5) with 11,671 votes (64.5%)
County Executive: In an unsurprising outcome, Barry Glassman (R) defeated his challenger Mary Connaghan Forgan (D) to win a second term as County Executive. Glassman received 71,496 votes (67.8%) to Connaghan Forgan’s 33,735 votes (32.0%).
County Council: Four of seven incumbents return to the County Council and the balance remains heavily Republican with Democrats only having two of the council seats. The winners for County Council are:
- Patrick Vincenti (R – President of County Council) with 65,418 votes (63.0%)
- Andre Johnson (D – District A) with 7,876 votes (55.9%)
- Joe Woods (R – District B) with 13,311 votes (67.1%)
- Tony “G” Giangiordano (R – District C) with 11,703 votes (64.6%)
- Chad Schrodes (R – District D) with 15,546 votes (79.3%)
- Robert Wagner (R – District E) with 8,553 votes (54.5%)
- Curtis Beulah (R – District F) with 8,549 votes (50.8%)
County Executive: In a closely watched and contested match, County Council Vice Chair Calvin Ball (D) has prevailed over incumbent County Executive Allan Kittleman (R). Ball received 70,683 (52.3%) votes Kittleman’s 64,347 (47.6%) votes.
County Council: There is an entirely new County Council for Howard, with no incumbents returning due to running for other offices or declining to run again. The political balance remains the same, with four Democrats and one Republican. The winners for County Council are:
- Elizabeth “Liz” Walsh (D – District 1) with 16,621 votes (61.9%)
- Opel Jones (D – District 2) with 17,570 votes (69.4%)
- Christian Rigby (D – District 3) with 20,240 votes (98.1%)
- Deb Jung (D – District 4) with 18,825 votes (69.9%)
- David Yungmann (R – District 5) with 15,990 votes (54.6%)
County Executive: Montgomery County Council Member Marc Elrich (D) prevailed in a crowded primary and three-way general election to become the County’s next executive. Elrich received 225,900 votes (64.3%) against 67,402 votes (19.2%) received by Nancy Floreen (Unaffiliated) and 57,489 votes (16.4%) received by Robin Ficker (R).
County Council: The Council saw significant turnover for the first time in several election cycles, primarily due to a successful 2016 charter amendment offered by Ficker that limited Council Members to three consecutive four-year terms. Out of the nine members, only four incumbents are returning, including: Hans Riemer (D), Tom Hucker (D), Sidney Katz (D), and Craig Rice (D). The Council remains entirely Democrat. The winners for County Council are:
- Evan Glass (D- At Large) with 241,203 votes (19.2%)
- Gabe Albornoz (D – At Large) with 235,998 votes (18.8%)
- Will Jawando (D – At Large) with 233,388 votes (18.6%)
- Hans Riemer (D – At Large) with 228,430 votes (18.2%)
- Andrew Friedson (D – District 1) with 61,594 votes (76.9%)
- Craig Rice (D – District 2) with 43,401 votes (70.6%)
- Sidney Katz (D – District 3) with 53,134 votes (97.8%)
- Nancy Navarro (D – District 4) with 51,718 votes (97.0%)
- Tom Hucker (D – District 5) with 60,237 votes (98.8%)
Prince George’s County
County Executive: Angela Alsobrooks (D) ran unopposed in the general election to win the County Executive’s race. Alsobrooks is replacing outgoing Executive Rushern Baker (D), who unsuccessfully ran for Maryland Governor but was defeated by Ben Jealous (D) in the democratic primary. Alsobrooks won with 273,490 votes (98.9%).
County Council: The County Council saw modest turnover with four incumbents not returning, including Mary Lehman (D), Andrea Harrison (D), Karen Toles (D), and Obie Patterson (D). The incoming Council has also been expanded from nine to 11 members based on the passage of a 2016 charter amendment that added two “at large” seats. The Council remains entirely Democrat. The winners for County Council are:
- Mel Franklin (D – At Large) with 216,860 votes (46.9%)
- Calvin Hawkes (D – At Large) with 206,147 votes (44.6%)
- Tom Dernoga (D – District 1) with 27,407 votes (98.3%)
- Deni Taveras (D – District 2) with 15214 votes (98.3%)
- Dannielle Glaros (D – District 3) with 21,150 votes (99.1%)
- Todd Turner (D – District 4) with 35,183 votes (98.7%)
- Jolene Ivey (D – District 5) with 27,953 votes (99.3%)
- Derrick Leon Davis (D – District 6) with 42,971 votes (99.6%)
- Rodney Colvin Streeter (D – District 7) with 24,585 votes (99.5%)
- Monique Anderson-Walker (D – District 8) with 31,847 votes (99.2%)