All five incumbents are set to return to the Howard County Council.
Howard County is a notoriously purple jurisdiction. Unlike some counties where the primary is the real election, the Council general election in Howard was thought to be competitive. In a very good night for incumbents, voters sent all five members of the Council back for another four years.
All but one district had a challenger from each party. Deb Jung, who represents District 4, sailed into reelection with no opponents.
District 1 – Walsh Wins
Incumbent Elizabeth “Liz” Walsh (D) received nearly 63.15 percent compared to her challenger, Sean J. McCurdy’s (R), 36.73 percent.
District 2 – Jones Wins
Incumbent Opel Jones (D) received nearly 69.97 percent compared to his challenger, Sheila P. Jennifer’s (R), 29.85 percent.
District 3 – Rigby
Incumbent Christiana Rigby (D) received nearly 74.66 percent compared to her challenger, William H. Campbell’s (R), 25.25 percent.
District 5 – Yungmann
Incumbent David Yungmann (R) received nearly 55.89 percent compared to his challenger, Joan U. Pontius’s (D), 44.04 percent.
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. MACo advises readers that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.