The race for Montgomery County Council is one of the most transformative races statewide.
The Council is set for a series of major changes as several long-time members are term-limited out and a voter-backed charter amendment expanding the size of the body takes effect. Much of this race was already decided during the primary, as Montgomery has traditionally seen a strong showing from the Democratic party.
During the 2020 general election, Montgomery County voters backed Question C which added two additional council districts, expanding the Council from nine seats to 11. The incoming Council will be comprised of seven district seats and four at-large seats.
Incumbent Democrats Evan Glass (19.33 percent), Gabe Albornoz (18.9 percent), and Will Jawando(18.6 percent) will be returning to Rockville, as well as new Council Member and Laurie-Anne Sayles (19.09 percent). The four Democrats beat out Republicans Christopher P. Fiotes, Lenard Lieber, and Dwight Patel.
All but one district had a challenger from each party. Andrew Freidson, who represents District 1, sailed into reelection with no opponents.
District 2 – Balcombe Wins
Marylin Balcombe (D) took 68.53 percent of the vote defeating Dan Cuba (R), who took 31.37 percent.
District 3 – Katz Wins
Incumbent Sidney Katz (D) sailed to reelection with 76.30 percent, besting George Hernandez (R) with 23.57 percent.
District 4 Stewart Wins
Current Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart beat Republican Cheryl Riley 84.79 percent to 15.2 percent, securing a seat on Montgomery County Council.
District 5 Mink wins
Kristin Mink (D) defeated her challenegr Kate Woody (R), 78.63 percent to 21.20 percent.
District 6 Gonzalez Wins
Natali Fani Gonzalez (D) bested Viet H. Doan (R) 75.79 percent to 23.83 percent.
District 7 Luedtke Wins
Dawn Luedtke (D) defeated Harold C. Maldonado (R) 61.83 percent to 38.07 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.