Republican Flanagan wins 9B, Howard state delegation still led by Democrats

Republican Flanagan wins 9B, Howard state delegation still led by Democrats
Republican Bob Flanagan won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in the newly drawn 9B. The district is in Ellicott City and was considered up-for-grabs between Republicans and Democrats. (By James Levin)

Howard County's General Assembly delegation will be filled with fresh faces after Tuesday night's election, though its party balance will remain largely unchanged.

Following unofficial results, Democrats appeared to be keeping a safe grip on their dominance of the delegation, holding strong leads in the race for eight of the 12 seats.


Republicans also held their own in Howard's traditionally conservative western districts.

And in the newly created House District 9B, where the race had been labeled a dead heat by both sides, former Republican delegate Bob Flanagan defeated attorney, blogger and former CA board member Tom Coale, the Democratic candidate.

"The voters really want change in Annapolis. And they saw that I was working vey hard, and I was very focused on the need for change," Flanagan said.

Coale said he "was proud of the race he ran," and that he had "no regrets." He commended Flanagan on the win and said he is confident in his leadership.

Flanagan said he will focus on issues facing Ellicott City and Elkridge, like flooding and transportation.On the state level, he said he hopes to address what he said is gerrymandering of voting districts.

"Gerrymanding in Maryland in a scandal," he said. "that's going to be a high priority: promoting a bipartisan system for redistricting."

In Senate District 9, where Democrats had hoped to pick up a seat, Republican Del. Gail Bates defeated business owner Ryan Frederic by nearly 20 points. Bates will succeed county executive winner Allan Kittleman.

In House District 9A, the Republicans defeated the Democrats. Newcomer Trent Kittleman, the stepmother of Allan Kittleman, garnered even more votes than incumbent Del. Warren Miller.

In Senate districts 12 and 13, the Democrats opened with commanding leads that they took to the finish line.

Incumbent state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, the longtime Democratic incumbent in District 12 and chair of the powerful budget and taxation committee, had twice the number of votes as Republican candidate Jesse Pippy, a Mile One business manager.

In District 13, where Sen. James Robey's retirement left an open seat, Democratic Del. Guy Guzzone defeated Republican challenger Jody Venkatesan, an auditor, by a 71-28 margin.

Democrats appeared to be holding onto their control of House districts 12 and 13, as well.

In District 12, which incorporates parts of Howard and Baltimore counties, the three Democratic candidates beat the Republicans with about 20 percent each, while each of the three Republican candidates had about 11 percent.

The numbers were similar in District 13, where there were also three Democratic candidates up against three Republicans.