The tight Republican primary for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council representing Severna Park and Broadneck has been settled, with Michael Anthony Peroutka claiming a 38-vote victory on Wednesday.
Second-place finisher Maureen Carr-York conceded the race to Peroutka early Wednesday morning.
Once all absentee and provisional ballots were counted this week, Peroutka had 2,337 votes to 2,299 for Carr-York. Incumbent Councilman Dick Ladd was third with 1,903 votes, followed by Joseph M. Campbell with 485 votes and Jack Norman Wilson Sr. with 157 votes.
Peroutka, who has declined interview requests from The Baltimore Sun, issued a statement through a spokesman on Wednesday thanking God and his supporters for his victory.
He reiterated his campaign promises to work to repeal the county's stormwater fees and to never vote for any tax increases.
Peroutka's statement continued: "I believe, as our Founders said in the Declaration of Independence, that: (1) There is a "Creator" God; (2) Our rights come from Him; and (3) It is the role of government to protect God-given rights."
Peroutka is an attorney who has drawn scrutiny for his role as a founder of the Institute on the Constitution and his membership in the League of the South, a Southern secessionist organization. He ran for president with the Constitution Party in 2004.
Peroutka will face Democratic nominee Patrick Armstrong in November's general election.
In a posting to her supporters on Facebook early Wednesday morning, Carr-York said she will not seek a recount. She praised elections officials for "carefully protecting the integrity of the vote."
"I am confident that, with 38 votes the difference, the count is correct," Carr-York wrote. "I congratulate Michael Anthony Peroutka on his primary win and wish him well."
For Carr-York, a nurse and attorney, this was the second primary defeat in an attempt to win a seat on the council. She lost to Ladd four years ago.