Frederick County Council will likely see several new faces for the incoming term.
The Frederick County Council includes seven members — five are elected by district and two are elected county-wide.
Incumbent Philip Dacey has captured the Republican nomination for At-Large member, with 41.01 percent of the vote. Tony Chmelik appears to be tightly leading Dylan Diggs for the second Republican nomination, with 31.06 percent and 27.93 percent of the vote, respectively.
Incumbent Council Member Jerry Donald was unopposed and therefore secured the Democratic primary for District 1. John A. Distel has secured the Republican nomination for District 1, taking 54.69 percent of the vote.
Lisa Jarosinski was unopposed and therefore secured the Democratic primary for District 2. Incumbent Steven J. McKay has secured the Republican nomination for District 2, taking 54.02 percent of the vote.
In early returns Jazmin Di Cola held a substantial lead for the Democratic nomination for District 3, over incumbent and MACo Board Member M.C. Keegan-Ayer, with 56.5 percent and 43.5 percent of the vote, respectively. Mail-in and other ballots tallied since have since rendered the race too close to call.
Shelly Aloi was unopposed and therefore secured the Republican primary for District 3.
District 4 saw the most candidates running for either party. John Fer is seemingly leading the Republican field for District 4, with 40.42 percent of the vote. Second behind him is Chaz Packan with 32.66 percent. Kavonte Duckett decisively secured the Democratic primary for District 4, with 45.08 percent of the vote.
Mason Carter seemingly leads incumbent Michael J. Blue for the Republican District 5 nomination. Carter so far has captured 55.57 percent of the vote, and Blue 44.43 percent. Julianna Lufkin was unopposed and therefore secured the Democratic primary for District 5.
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Please note that vote counts are incomplete. Election officials still have to count mail-in and provisional ballots. For context, more than 500,000 Marylanders requested a mail-in ballot for this year’s primary, and those remaining votes are likely to be material to many contested races. However, local boards of elections cannot begin to canvass mail-in votes until Thursday, July 21. Therefore, for editorial purposes, MACo coverage will describe any races where the top runner-up remains within 10 percent of the apparent winner(s) as “pending” and those results as “apparent.”
MACo’s election coverage and analysis rely on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow after a full accounting of pending votes. Given delays in processing an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, MACo advises readers that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.