As the returns of Maryland’s first attempt at a mostly mail-in election were nearly all counted — more than a week after the primary — winners emerged in races for Baltimore City Council’s 14 districts and other candidates conceded their losses.
Vote counting was winding down Friday afternoon. Here’s a district-by-district look at how each Council race played out in the June 2 primary:
After a printing error on many 1st District ballots caused officials to remove all the returns from the state website on primary day, and then spend days copying many of the district’s ballots onto properly printed forms, first-term incumbent Councilman Zeke Cohen is headed for reelection after receiving nearly two-thirds of the votes over Paris Bienert. No Republicans sought to challenge Cohen in the November general election.
“The win is not about me, but about us,” Cohen said. “It’s about what happens when people come together across lines of difference, and community truly comes first. During what has been a difficult time for Baltimore, we’ve built unlikely coalitions, passed meaningful legislation and elevated voices that have too long been ignored.”
City Councilwoman Danielle McCray received 59% of the votes in Northeast Baltimore’s 2nd District race, and declared victory over two challengers for the Democratic nomination.
“I was honored and grateful to have been nominated by members of my community, and confirmed unanimously by the Baltimore City Council exactly one year ago today, and now provided the opportunity to continue to serve by the voters of the 2nd Councilmanic District,” McCray wrote in a statement Thursday.
“I’m happy to continue to serve the constituents of the 12th District,” he texted.
Eugene Boikai had no opposition for the Republican nomination.
An open primary to replace first-term Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council president, invited a field of seven Democrats.
Front-runner Antonio Glover had 36% of the votes with a 706-vote lead over Jackie Addison, who had 27%.
Neither Glover nor Addison could be reached for comment.
Odette Ramos, who received retiring longtime councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke’s endorsement in the open North Baltimore District 14 race to succeed her, is poised to become the city’s first Hispanic elected official.
Ramos had 65% of the vote in the primary.
“I’m ready to get to work,” Ramos said in a statement. “This summer, we will continue our District 14 tele-townhall series, informational emails, social media, contact in the district, and resolve constituent issues."
Joseph Kane II, who was in second place with 15% of the vote, conceded to Ramos.
Charles Long was unopposed for the GOP nomination.