Towson-area races for Baltimore County Council and the Maryland General Assembly took shape Tuesday night, when candidates for office were required to file with the state board of elections.

The area will see several contested races, though one local representative will be running unopposed, according to the Board of Elections website.


Councilman David Marks, a Republican from Perry Hall who represents the 5th District including Towson, will not be challenged for his County Council seat, as no opponents filed before Tuesday's deadline.

"Since 2010, I've worked hard to be a County Councilman for every part of the Fifth District and for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike," Marks said in a statement. "I'm humbled by the confidence the voters have placed in me, and I won't let them down."

In other council districts that stretch into the Towson area, Pikesville Democrat Jon Herbst is challenging incumbent Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the 2nd District primary.

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins faces a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Jeff Beard, and Republican Jason Samios-Uy has also filed for the 6th District seat.

Elsewhere on the council, 3rd District Councilman Todd Huff, a Republican from Lutherville, is being challenged by Towson school advocate Laurie Taylor-Mitchel, a Democrat, and District 7 Del. Wade Kach of Cockeysville. Kach, a Republican, would have faced stiff competition from other sitting delegates in the newly redrawn District 42B, which now includes Kach, Del. Susan Aumann, Del. Bill Frank, and Del. Joseph Boteler.

The new District 42 will see several contested races, other than the aforementioned 42B. In that subdistrict, which stretches is bounded by approximately the Beltway, the Pennsylvania border, and the Carroll County border, Aumann, a Republican from Lutherville, and Boteler, a Republican from Parkville, have both filed for re-election. The pair face primary challenges from Republicans Chris West and Jesse Filamor, both of Towson.

Lutherville resident Robert Leonard and Craig Little of Timonium are facing off in the Democratic primary for District 42B.

In District 42A, which comprises most of the Towson area south of the Beltway, Del. Steve Lafferty of Towson faces no primary challenge, but will square off with Republican Michael McAllister in the general election.

Sen. Jim Brochin, a Democrat from Towson, will face a primary challenge for his District 42 senate seat from former state delegate Connie Dejuliis, of Glen Arm. Timonium resident Tim Robinson, a Republican, entered the race as a Republican on Feb. 18.

Primaries will be held on Tuesday, June 24.