Well, the results are in and nearly every vote has been counted. The overall news is that while one formerly elected incumbent had a strong showing, others in that category either fell off the list of barely hung on. The story of the night however, was that the “Young” and new blooded “soles” who took to the streets with their message for change gained top billing.
Yes, all the candidates with the last name “Young” stole the show with major margins in their respective races.
In those that we offered endorsements, all but one of our top choices made the cut.
In the County Commissioner races, Democrat Kai Hagen topped the pack with one of our choices Linda Norrisgrabbing second place. Our other candidates Michael Kurtianyk held on to the fifth position with 11.5% of the Dem BOCC votes. We expect that Michael will have a strong showing in the general election, as many of his supporters are republican voters.
The GOP commissioner heat had Blaine Young earn nearly 14,000 votes thus far with our other endorsees Paul Smith, Kirby Delauter and Billy Shreve taking the second through fourth places. Incumbent David Gray hung on to fifth place well behind the other four.
In the Board of Education race the top eight of the 16 candidates will move on to the general election. We’re pleased to see that all five of the pro-school choice candidates that we endorsed made the grade with the top vote getter in all races Brad Young pulling in over 17,000 votes. Jim Reeder, April Miller, Coleen Cusimano and Sarah McAlveay all whom we gave our support qualified. Long time incumbent Jeanne Smith, who refused to attend the BOE candidate forum at Frederick Community College a few weeks ago placed sixth.
In other races of note:
Former Mayor of the City of Frederick Ron Young, father of Blaine and Brad, handily defeated his opponent Don DeArmon in the Democratic State Senate 03 race with a 31% margin.
The major toss up race of the evening was in the very crowded republican fight for two House of Delegate positions for District 4A. Long time incumbent Paul Stull was looking pretty good at press time for the Frederick News Post with 82% of the votes counted, but by this morning he had fallen from first place to third. Out of the 5 candidates the last place finisher was long time county commissioner John “Lennie” Thompson.
So much for whom did not make it in 4A. The winners are Middletown resident Kathy Afzali and Republican Central Committee member Kelly Schulz.
Complete results are available on the Frederick County Board of Elections webpage.
Now the stage is set for what will likely be a very intense seven week battle, which has the potential to offer major and very positive changes in how our government services it citizenry!