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Divided Council District 1 goes to Weinstein

Brad Myers and Bill Neault, both of Elkridge, share a laugh with District 1 County Council candidate Jon Weinstein, center, outside Elkridge Elementary on Election Day.
Brad Myers and Bill Neault, both of Elkridge, share a laugh with District 1 County Council candidate Jon Weinstein, center, outside Elkridge Elementary on Election Day. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

With only three of the five Howard County Council seats in contested races, and only one truly up-for-grabs, there is not much fanfare on the council level during Election Day.

In the most contentious race, the District 1 seat vacated by county executive candidate Courtney Watson, Democrat Jon Weinstein emerged victorious receiving 51.1 percent of the vote, 10,075 votes, while Republican Kevin Forrest Schmidt received 48.8 percent, or 9,631 votes.

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The district encompasses parts of Ellicott City and Elkridge; it is one of the few true swing districts on the council.

"It was a hard fought campaign across the board. And I'm honored to be on the side of victory. I know here is more work to be done," Weinstein said Tuesday night.

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In the other two contest races in Districts 2 and 5, incumbents Calvin Ball, a Democrat, and Greg Fox, a Republican, staved off two challengers.

Fox, whose district is the largest by land mass and encompasses the rural, western part of the county, defeated Democrat and attorney Alan Schneider by 9,372 votes. Fox has served on the council since 2006.

Ball, 39, whose district encompasses East Columbia's villages of Long Reach and Oakland Mills and parts of Elkridge and Jessup, has also served on the council since 2006. He defeated Republican challenger Ralph Colavita by 3,851 votes.

"I'm honored to continue my service to our community.  I look forward to keep fighting for excellence in education, public safety,  our environment and issues that improve the quality of life for all," Ball said.

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Jen Terrasa, 45, and Mary Kay Sigaty, 64, who represent District 3 and 4 respectively, ran unopposed. Both have served since 2006 as well.

All four incumbents will be term limited, meaning they can not seek reelection in 2018 under current law.

Other races

Here's a wrap up of other contested races around the county:

• Democrats Anne L. Dodd, Leslie Smith Turner and Nicole Bormel Miller were elected to serve as judges of the Orphans' Court.

• Democrat and incumbent James Fitzgerald was elected sheriff. Fitzgerald, 67, has served in the post since 2006. He defeated Republican challenger John Francis McMahon by 12,355 votes.

• Incumbent Dario Broccolino, 70, ran uncontested and captured the State's Attorney office. Broccolino is a Democrat and has served in the post since being appointed in 2007.

• Democratic incumbents Wayne Robey and Byron Macfarlane won Clerk of the Court and Register of Wills, respectively, in uncontested races

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