TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond lost the backing of several key political leaders as she entered Tuesday’s primary election.
But, in the end, the Reisterstown Democrat didn’t lose support of the voters as she held off a well-backed primary opponent. Almond defeated attorney Jon Herbst in her Second District race despite the challenger being endorsed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and state Sen. Bobby Zirkin.
Almond received a lot of pressure from competing developers upset over her approving zoning for the Foundry Row development, which will be anchored by a Wegmans store on the site of the former Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills. She also questioned Kamenetz on several issues, including labor issues.
“I think that despite all the issues I faced in recent months, I was vindicated by the voters who validated the decisions I’ve made,” said Almond, who will face Republican Rudy Stoler in the general election.
Herbst had high praise for his opponent, who he also lost to in 2010 when he ran as a Republican.
"My hat's off to Councilwoman Vicki Almond on a hard-fought victory," he said. "I look forward to working with her as I continue to serve on the Baltimore County Planning Board and the Pikesville-Greenspring Community Coalition. I wish her all the best."
Fellow County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins faced a similar challenge in her District 6 race as the Oliver Beach Democrat defeated Jeff Beard, an United Auto Workers representative who was heavily backed by local developers, including the Cordish Co. Bevins will face Republican Jason Samios-Uy in the general election.
“I think the residents of eastern Baltimore County trust me and the work I’ve done and weren't going to let a developer change their point of view,” Bevins said.
However, Councilmen Todd Huff, a Republican, and Ken Oliver, a Democrat weren’t as lucky. Each were defeated in their primary races.
Oliver, a third-term councilman from Randallstown, lost his District 4 race to Julian Jones, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department division chief who narrowly lost to Oliver four years ago. There was no Republican running in that district.
Huff, a business owner from Lutherville in his first term on the Council serving District 3, lost to Del. Wade Kach by a nearly two-to-one margin. Kach will face Democrat Laurie Taylor-Mitchell in the November general election.
In District 7, Joseph DiCara appeared to be the winner on the Democratic side in his bid to follow longtime
Democratic Councilman John Olszewski Sr, who decided against seeking another term after 16 years in office. Republican Todd Crandell was unopposed in that District.
In other Council races, District 1 Councilman Tom Quirk, of Catonsville, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and will face Republican Albert Nalley.
District 5 Councilman David Marks was unopposed in the primary and general elections.
Kamenetz cruised to an easy victory over Kevin Marron and will either face former county Republican Party chairman Tony Campbell or George Harman in the general election.