A former Constitution Party presidential candidate appears to have won the Republican nomination for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council as the last tally of votes was completed Monday.
Following the final canvass in Glen Burnie, Michael Anthony Peroutka, a lawyer who founded the Institute on the Constitution and belongs to the Southern secessionist group, the League of the South, had a 38-vote margin over second-place finisher Maureen Carr-York in the race for the council district that includes Severna Park, Arnold and Broadneck.
Peroutka had 2,337 votes compared to 2,299 for Carr-York, a nurse and lawyer who is president of the Greater Severna Park Council. Incumbent Councilman Dick Ladd was third with 1,903, followed by Joseph M. Campbell with 485 and Jack Wilson R. with 157.
Peroutka's spokesman John Lofton said the campaign would not discuss the results until they are certified. Carr-York could not immediately be reached for comment.
Peroutka will face Democratic nominee Patrick Armstrong in the general election in November.
Armstrong said he would have been glad to face any of the Republican candidates, but acknowledged he will have to work hard to win in a conservative district. He said he'll emphasize that he's willing to work across the aisle for the betterment of the community.