On the day after Americans elected Donald J. Trump as the country's next president and political observers began to predict what his administration would bring, local leaders weighed in with their own thoughts about a Trump presidency.
The billionaire real estate developer defied the expectations of the political establishment, capturing 279 electoral college votes to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton Tuesday.
Trump's election was met with elation from supporters, who said he would reset America's course, while those who did not vote for him expressed shock and, in many instances, fear. In a victory speech early Wednesday morning, the president-elect struck a conciliatory note aimed at uniting the country after a markedly bitter and divisive campaign cycle.
"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division," he said. "To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across the nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."
Local voters and elected officials were polarized by the election, as well. Anne Arundel County, which traditionally leans Republican in presidential races, appears to have backed Clinton by a narrow margin. The difference between the candidates currently is 1,565 votes; absentee ballots are still being counted.
Several former and current officials said Wednesday that leaders from both major political parties now have a responsibility to come together and rebuild public trust.
Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who said he wrote in his father's name on the ballot rather than vote for Trump, sent out a statement Wednesday morning congratulating the president-elect and vice president-elect Mike Pence.
He said he would "work with the new administration on behalf of all Marylanders."
"Now is the time for all of us to come together to find real solutions to the problems we face as a country... As we move forward, I encourage both parties to leave behind the divisive politics that have marred this election season and our nation for far too long and focus on doing what is best for America."
"I think leadership has to come from both the Republican and Democratic parties, locally," said former County Executive Janet Owens, a Democrat who declined to say who she voted for. "Not just provide lip service, but they really have to start serving people of the county."
"It sounds corny, but that is what wins elections and generates trust in government. I'm very concerned about the challenge to almost all of our institutions."
Former Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer, a Democrat who voted for Clinton, said now is the time "to move forward with the things that make this country great."
"We have a strong Constitution that protects civil rights, and we are a nation that abides by the law, and a representative government requires our participation."
"It is about moving forward with the strength we already have."
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, a Republican who would not say who he voted for, said he was glad the election was through.
"Normally I live for this, but it was so long and draining," he said.
Looking ahead, "the one thing we have to is talk with different people and be engaged. Reach out to people. People were tired of inside politics and business as usual," he said. "If you have the right candidate and right vision, people are willing to cross party lines."
House Speaker Mike Busch, one of the state's leading Democrats, said he saw "a lot of open-ended questions" in the weeks to come.
"Here's a guy who has no experience, he's either got to surround himself with some real experts or the country could be in a real situation where we go into a tailspin," he said of Trump. "He's got huge challenges in front of him, and I'm sure everybody's going to be waiting to see how he deals with them."
Meanwhile, Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso, a Trump supporter, was overjoyed.
The Glen Burnie Republican was responsible for the Trump campaign's ground game in Anne Arundel during the primary election, where he won 54 percent of county voters, and continued to organize for him in the general election. He said he had hoped for a Trump presidency for more than a decade.
Grasso, who is known for speaking his mind on the council, said he thought Trump's similar unfiltered style appealed to American voters.
"When you're coarse and raw, that's when you know someone is pure and true and doesn't have any political baggage," he said. "It may be coarse, but you know it's true and you can take it to the bank."
Other Republican leaders were not initially Trump backers but came around to supporting him in the general election.
County Executive Steve Schuh, who during the election acknowledged Trump was not his first-choice candidate, said Wednesday he looked forward to a Trump administration's stance on international trade, immigration and terrorism.
"I think all of those things certainly are going to matter to Marylanders," he said.
It's possible a laxer approach from the federal government on issues including environmental regulations and guidelines for transgender students in public schools could have some effect in Anne Arundel, Schuh said.
The county executive, who has made cleaning local waterways a priority for his administration, said he didn't think Trump's plans to cut down on federal environmental regulations would have an impact on county or state water quality efforts.
"Even if the Trump administration is not as aggressive with the (Environmental Protection Agency), I think Maryland has determined its course on cleaning up our waterways," he said, but "it could change what happens in New York and Pennsylvania," areas that also fall within the Chesapeake Bay's watershed.
"I think for us here in Maryland it has been very beneficial to have the EPA be very aggressive," he said.
Schuh also has pushed back against guidelines from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system that direct school staff to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and play on the intramural sports teams of their gender identity. School officials said they created the guidelines based on a directive from the U.S. Education and Justice departments earlier this year.
Schuh has argued for more local discussion of the issue. While he said he doesn't anticipate a dramatic change in outlook on LGBT issues from a Trump administration, he predicted it would be "far less heavy-handed" than President Barack Obama's government.
Trump will be inaugurated Jan. 20.
As his presidency begins, Moyer said, "I believe we have the capacity to work together. It will take efforts from leaders at all levels. Do we have the will? It is going to have to be generated."
"What do we do now? We move forward."
This story has been updated to clarify Schuh's position on the school system's transgender student policy. Schuh is not opposed to the policy's directive that school staff use students' preferred names and gender pronouns.