Two New Faces for Baltimore County Council

Two seats being vacated by term-limited Baltimore County Council Members Tom Quirk and Cathy Bevins have led to contested Democratic primaries.

In District 1, currently held by Council Member Tom Quirk, current Maryland Delegate Pat Young is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic Nomination with 45.91 percent of the early and election day vote. Two other Democrats, Danielle Nicole Singley (17.03 percent) and Paul Dongarra (37.05 percent), had competed for the seat. The Delegate will face Republican James Amos, who was uncontested in the Republican primary.

Delegate Young has represented Maryland’s District 44B in Baltimore County since 2015. He previously served in the Marine Corps and holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

In District 6, currently held by Council Member Cathy Bevins, Michael “Mike” P. Ertel and Shafiyq Hinton are competing in a close Democratic primary. Hinton appears in the lead for the Democratic nomination with 38.89 percent of the vote to Ertel’s 38.67 percent.

Several incumbents including Council Members Izzy Patoka, Wade Kach, Julian Earl Jones, David Marks, and Todd Crandell held significant leads in their respective primary races.

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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.

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