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Earl Jones

Jones hoping for success as write-in

Julian Earl Jones Jr. is prepping for what he calls the "big blitz."

Jones is mobilizing volunteers from his primary bid for a Baltimore County Council seat that he lost by just 98 votes to Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver, the Democratic incumbent. He's using those workers and others to build support in his write-in campaign for the same seat — the type of campaign that almost never succeeds in Maryland.

Most write-in candidates don't have enough money or name recognition to win. But Jones, a division chief in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department who placed a close second in a six-way primary race, has a good shot, said Donald F. Norris, who heads the department of...