The preliminaries are over and Tuesday will be Primary Election Day in Harford County, with a number of local offices and several legislative seats on the line.
Polls for 88 voting precincts in Harford will be open at 65 locations across the county from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Primary Election Day. For more information on where to vote, visit http://www.harfordvotes.info.
Voters across the state will be choosing the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor and attorney general, among statewide offices, and nominees for congressional seats, including the First Congressional District that includes part of Harford and all of Cecil counties and the Second Congressional District which includes Harford's Route 40 corridor.
There are candidates for six school board seats on a non-partisan ballot in which all voters can participate, regardless of having any or no party affiliation. Democrat and Republican voters will also choose their county party central committee members.
Harford County Executive and Havre de Grace resident David Craig is vying for the Republican party's nomination for governor with three other candidates, trying to become the first Harford County resident to make the general election for governor since 1970, when the late C. Stanley Blair was the GOP nominee but lost to incumbent Democrat Marvin Mandel.
A number of the local legislative races feature contested primaries that are expected to have a bearing on who will be sitting in the Maryland General Assembly next January. Statewide there are some 70 open seats in the State Senate and House of Delegates because of retirements or incumbents running for other offices, more than a third of the legislature.
There are also contests for the Harford County Council presidency and two district council seats that are open because of retirements or incumbent council members seeking other offices.
Although the county executive's office is also open, since Craig's is term limited, there are only single candidates from each major party, so there is no primary contest. The candidates, Republican Barry Glassman and Democrat Joseph Warner, will appear on their respective party's primary ballots, however.
The Harford primary also features a contest for the Republican nomination for sheriff between Jeff Gahler and John Ryan. Incumbent Sheriff Jesse Bane is unopposed in the Democratic primary but his name will be on the party's ballot.
Harford Circuit Court Judge Yolanda Curtin's name is on both Republican and Democratic ballots as she seeks a full 15-year term following her appointment to the bench last fall. She has no opposition.
According to the Harford County Board of Elections, there are 68,974 registered Republicans and 63,312 Democrats eligible to cast votes in this year's primary election. In addition, the 32,942 voters not affiliated with either major party could vote for school board members in the respective county council districts this primary season.
Early voting for the primary wrapped up Thursday throughout the state, picking up steam locally on the final two days to close with a flourish in Harford.
Almost 4 percent of the county's eligible voters participated over the eight days of early voting that ran from June 12 through 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the Maryland Board of Elections.
In all, 6,261 early votes were cast in Harford.
Though early voting started out slowly in Harford, the biggest turnouts were registered on the final two days, Wednesday and Thursday, at 1,012 and 1,245, respectively.
More than one out of two early votes in Harford were cast at the McFaul Activities Center in Bel Air, which registered 3,286, according to state board of elections figures. Jarrettsville Library was next with 1,103, followed by Edgewood Library with 1,072 and University Center in Aberdeen with 800.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun