With several incumbent council members not seeking re-election or seeking higher office, the Harford County Council will see at least four of seven seats change hands.
Incumbents Council President Patrick Vincenti and Council Members Tony “G” Giangiordano (District C) and Curtis L. Beulah (District F), all Republicans, appear to have won their primaries. They received 66.59 percent, 100 percent, and 72.48 percent of the early and election day vote in their respective primary elections.
Council members Andre Johnson (District A) and Chad Shrodes (District D) sought higher office. Johnson’s seat will be filled by either Republican David H. Woods, who was uncontested in his primary, or Democrat Dion F. Guthrie, who led all primary opponents with 45.16 percent of the vote.
In Council Member Shrodes’ District D, a crowded Republican field has yielded a close contest between John B. Carl, Jr. (40.9 percent of the vote) and James Reilly (37.3 percent). Democrat Jean Salvatore was uncontested in their primary for the District D seat. Council Member Joseph Woods (District B) opted not to seek re-election and with no Democratic challengers, Republican Aaron David Penman, who received 64.88 of the primary vote, appears set to assume the District B seat.
In District E, incumbent Council Member Robert S. Wagner (40.51 percent) appears to have lost his primary to challenger Jessica Boyle-Tsottles (54.16 percent), setting up a general election contest between Boyle-Tsottles and Democrat Rachel Gauthier, who won her primary with 62.23 percent of the vote.
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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.