John Olszewski Sr., a product of the Battle Grove Democratic Club with strong machine support on Baltimore County's east side, soundly defeated political upstart Debi Golden last night to gain his second term on the County Council representing the 7th District, which includes Dundalk.
In the 3rd District, only Republicans are running and incumbent T. Bryan McIntire appeared to easily beat two challengers with 38 of 43 precincts in to claim the council seat.
With 28 of 31 precincts in from the 7th, Olszewski was leading Golden by a comfortable margin of more than 3-to-1.
"I'm just having a beer and enjoying this sweet victory," Olszewski said.
No Republicans contested the 7th, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
McIntire, of Glyndon, enjoyed more than a 2-to-1 margin over Daniel E. McKew. Glen A. Thomas, the other challenger, faded early to McIntire's bid.
"I am feeling elated and relieved because I don't have a general election," he said last night as he monitored results.
Olszewski, 42, was considered the favorite in the 7th, but some residents felt he did not energetically block a gubernatorial redistricting effort in January.
Although Olszewski eventually joined one of the lawsuits against carving Dundalk into four districts, many locals felt it was too little, too late. The Maryland Court of Appeals revised the plan in June.
Olszewski reiterated last night that he felt he fought hard against the redistricting plan.
On the campaign trail, Golden, 41, a community activist and businesswoman, said that Olszewski "let his own district down" by not being more vocal and active against the governor's plan.
McIntire, 72, has represented the 3rd District since 1994. He prides himself on being an anti-development councilman who protects the Loch Raven watershed and other rural sections of the district.
McKew, 45, of Glen Arm wanted to strike a balance between careful development and environmental concerns.
Thomas, 56, of Phoenix contended that development was occurring and the incumbent has been inconsistent in protecting land from it.