Howard County Times

Final vote tallies show incumbent Jung winning Democratic nomination for Howard County Council

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Howard County Council member Deb Jung will advance to the general election after trailing earlier in the counting process.

Based on the final number of mail-in and provisional ballots counted through Friday, Howard County Council and school board candidates are set for the general election in November.


Incumbent Democrat Jung won her party’s nomination in District 4 with 4,568 votes (48.18%), a 239-vote lead over Democrat Janssen Evelyn who has 4,329 votes (45.66%). Evelyn had a 335-vote lead over Jung after early and Election Day ballots were counted. There were no Republican candidates in District 4.

County Council incumbent Democrat Liz Walsh won the District 1 nomination with 4,961 votes (69.63%), a 2,797-vote lead over Democrat Neveen Kurtom who had 2,164 votes (30.37%).


In the race for the Howard County Board of Education, the top four candidates will move on to the general election, where the top two candidates will earn the two at-large seats on the board.

School board candidate, Dan Newberger, of Columbia, garnered 19,997 votes (19.71%), followed by Jacky McCoy, of Columbia, with 18,690 votes (18.42%), Linfeng Chen, of North Laurel, with 15,507 votes (15.28%) and Tudy Adler, of Clarksville, with 12,912 votes (12.73%).

The other four candidates are Susan Dreisch, of Ellicott City (10.20%), Monique Richards, of Ellicott City (9.88%), Julie Hotopp, of Columbia (7.41%) and Meg Ricks, of Elkridge (6.37%).

Candidates in other County Council races ran unopposed. The top Democrat and Republican County Council candidate in each district will move on to the general election, where they will face off to earn a seat on the council.

The following candidates ran unopposed for their party’s nomination in the primary:

  • In District 1, Republican Sean McCurdy got 2,280 votes. He will face Walsh in the fall.
  • In District 2, Republican Sheila Jennifer received 1,550 votes and incumbent Democrat Opel Jones got 6,737 votes.
  • In District 3, Republican William Campbell received 1,324 votes and incumbent Democrat Christiana Rigby got 6,566 votes.
  • In District 5, incumbent Republican David Yungmann received 4,620 votes and Democrat Joan Pontius got 5,575 votes.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.