Oliver clings to lead for Baltimore County Council

Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth Oliver is leading the Democratic primary to hold onto his District 4 seat by about 100 votes with all but provisional ballots counted.

Challenger Julian E. Jones Jr. said he has congratulated Oliver but is not conceding defeat. He is considering a recount request, which he would have to file by Sept. 30. There are also about 160 provisional ballots from District 4 awaiting review next week.

Jones had been trailing by a slim margin after all of the Election Day results were tallied. Another contender, Leronia Josey, was behind by fewer than 500 votes. The three essentially split the absentee ballots that remained, which were counted Thursday morning.

The race for Oliver's seat was the closest council primary in the county. There is no Republican challenger in the race, so the primary winner will serve on the council.

In another close race, District 5 Democrat Mike Ertel maintained a narrow lead over Bill Paulshock after absentee ballots were counted. There did not appear to be enough provisional ballots outstanding to wipe out the deficit, but Paulshock said he planned to review the figures further before conceding.

The winner will go up against Republican David Marks. The district includes Towson and Perry Hall. Marks is a former president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association and former chief of staff at the Maryland Department of Transportation. Incumbent Vince Gardina is retiring after 20 years on the council.

Most seats on the seven-member council were up for grabs in the primary, with four incumbents deciding not to seek another term. Turnover is unusual on the council, which has five members who have served at least four terms.



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