Five Baltimore County Council members held off primary challengers Tuesday.
Democrats Julian E. Jones Jr. of Woodstock and Tom Quirk of Oella and Republicans Todd Crandell of Dundalk, Wade Kach of Cockeysville and David Marks of Perry Hall all now advance to the general election in November.
Kach prevailed in a heated three-way race with businessman Ed Hale Jr. and researcher and grant writer Doug Zinn. Land preservation, development and education were among the top issues in the district, which runs from Lutherville to the Pennsylvania line.
“I had all the developers and everybody opposed to me,” Kach said Tuesday night. “But we’ve worked hard the last four years, and people trust us. We’re a known quantity. ... That’s why we prevailed.”
If the last-minute revelation that as many as 80,000 will have to vote provisionally in Tuesday’s primary election weren’t enough, the polls opened today with scattered reports of issues at several precincts.
Izzy Patoka prevailed in the Democratic primary race for the seat now held by Councilwoman Vicki Almond. Almond sought the party’s nomination for county executive.
Patoka beat Rick Yaffe and Harlan Zinnin the district that includes Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown.
Patoka, a former government planner who now works for LifeBridge Health, will face Republican Michael Lee, who was unopposed in the GOP primary.
On the eastern side of the county, Ryan Nawrocki, who owns a marketing and public relations firm,emerged as the winner from a crowded field of five Republicans vying to challenge Democrat Cathy Bevins of Middle River.
Education, crime and complaints about development loomed large in the race.
“Voters are anxious for a change in this council district,” Nawrocki said Tuesday night. “They’re looking for solutions to those problems.”
Bevins, who is seeking her third term on the council, was unopposed in the primary. The district includes Rosedale, White Marsh, Middle River and Parkville.
In the southwest corner of the county, Quirk defeated primary challenger Sheila Ruth, a web developer and activist who ran on a progressive platform. Quirk will face Republican Pete Melcavage II in November.
In the Dundalk area, first-term councilman Todd Crandellwon the GOP primary against Dave Rader, while Brian Weir won the Democratic race. Libertarian Doug Stanley has also filed for the general election.