Still a Race for County Council District 5
Montgomery County Council incumbents are likely to get out of the primary unscathed, but there is still uncertainty in the open District 5 race where it will come down to absentee ballots for Evan Glass and Tom Hucker.
Just 217 votes separate Silver Spring community activist Glass and Maryland Delegate Hucker, according to the unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Hucker holds the marginal lead with 7,184 votes or 38.60 percent, with Glass trailing slightly with 6,967 votes. There are 3,990 absentee ballots that have been returned but not yet counted, according to the elections board. That number could change as more ballots are processed by the board. For the Democratic Councilmanic District 5 there are 1,054 absentee ballots that have been sent and 557 received, according to Marjorie Roher, spokeswoman for the Board of Elections. Counting those ballots will happen over the next two weeks, starting Thursday.
Glass is still hopeful.
“Over the course of this campaign I’ve had thousands of conversations with people at their doors and in their living rooms about the direction of our community. I ran a positive campaign focused on listening to the needs of my neighbors in District 5. Every voice matters, which is why I will wait until every vote is counted,” he said in a statement to Montgomery Community Media Wednesday.
In the at-large race, councilman Marc Elrich leads the pack with 53,394 votes or 21.15 percent. Closest to him are Nancy Floreen (19.45 percent) and George Leventhal (16.97 percent). Challenger Beth Daly of Dickerson, who had counted on the upcounty vote, has 14.57 percent of the vote, according to the latest results. Incumbent Hans Reimer holds 18.41 percent of the votes.
Municipal leaders battled it out for the county council’s District 3 seat, but it was the well-known Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz (40.90 percent) who pulled away from both Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore (33.20 percent ) and Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel (22.54 percent).
“I think it came down to Sidney’s 36 years of service. He knows a lot of people and at the end of the day that rules,” Moore said Wednesday morning. “Had we lost a squeaker to Mr. Spiegel I would have beat myself up.”
Katz said Wednesday he did not believe it was a case of Gaithersburg voters versus Rockville voters.
“I believe it was people wanting the county council to be somebody who represents them well and I sincerely believe I will be doing that for them,” Katz said.
In District 1, Roger Berliner finished with a strong 78 percent of the vote against Duchy Trachtenberg’s 21.49 percent. And in District 2 Council President Craig L. Rice netted 76.35 percent of the vote. Challenger Neda Bolourian earned 23.65 percent of the votes in her district. Nancy Navarro was uncontested in the primary for her seat as county council representative for District 4.