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Getty tops Riley for District 5 Senate seat

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By Times Staff

Incumbent Republican Joe Getty turned back a challenge from Democrat Anita Riley in the race for the District 5 seat in the Maryland Senate, garnering 15,151 votes, or about 76 percent, with 18 of 35 precincts reporting.

"It feels great to win," Getty said. "I love Carroll County, and I feel like I'm a good fit for the citizens of District 5. I'm looking forward to representing them in the Senate."

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Getty, of Manchester, was elected to his first term as state senator in 2010, and has been the Republicans' minority whip in the 2013 and 2014 sessions. Getty was the Senate chairman of the Carroll County Delegation for three years of his term, and sits on several committees, including Budget and Taxation.

Senate Districts 4 and 9, which include slivers of the southernmost parts of Carroll County, were won by Republicans Michael Hough and Gail Bates, respectively.

Hough, from Brunswick, has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2011, representing Frederick County, which makes up the bulk of District 4. He ousted longtime senator David Brinkley in the June primary.

Bates, from West Friendship, has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2002, representing Howard County, which makes up the bulk of District 9.

She replaces Allan Kittleman in Senate District 9, who was running for Howard County executive.

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