Democratic council members mull whether to back Elrich in general election

There may be unrest in the county’s Democratic Party after County Council member Marc Elrich pulled out an unofficial narrow victory in the Democratic primary for county executive Sunday night. Elrich, of Takoma Park, has an 80-vote lead over Potomac businessman David Blair after the Montgomery County Board of Elections finished tabulating absentee and provisional ballots over the weekend. On Monday, one of Elrich’s Democratic council colleagues, Nancy Floreen, was mulling the launch of an independent bid against him in the general election. And two other Democratic council members were uncertain if they’d back him for county executive. (Bethesda)

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Barnes loses bid for reelection to Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee

Scherod C. Barnes, the Maryland Democratic Party's No. 2 official, is on his way out as chairman of the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, after more than a decade in the post. Barnes, 69, lost re-election to one of seven Democratic State Central Committee seats representing Northeast Baltimore's 43rd District in the June 26 Democratic primary, running eighth in a field of 17, unofficial election results finalized Friday show. (Md. Matters)

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Howard council incumbent seeks recount after two-vote loss

Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein has asked for a recount in the District 1 Democratic primary after losing to Liz Walsh by two votes last week. Weinstein announced his decision for a full manual recount of absentee, provisional and election day ballots Monday. He said he heard from nearly 200 constituents and community leaders over the weekend urging him to request the recount and wanted to ensure every vote was tallied correctly in a race he called a “virtual tie.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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Possible recounts coming in three close races in Prince George’s

It will soon be decision time for candidates in three close races in Prince George's County. The county Board of Elections finished tallying provisional and absentee ballots late last week, Deputy Administrator Daneen Banks said. "We've counted all of the ballots that we have, so now we have to go through the certification process." As has been the case throughout Maryland, the June 26 primary produced several close contests. In Prince George's, the tight races all involve Democrats. (Md. Matters)

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Hoyer expected back on the Hill this week following a bout with pneumonia

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) is home from the hospital, following a bout with pneumonia. Hoyer, 79, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in the District on July 3, his spokeswoman, Katie Grant, told reporters. After treatment with antibiotics and several days of rest, he was released. "Mr. Hoyer went home from the hospital this weekend," Grant said on Monday. "He thanks everyone for their well wishes and will be back on the Hill this week." (Md. Matters)

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Washington County commissioner accused of sexual harassment files for continuance, new attorney

A Washington County commissioner accused of sexually harassing a county employee has filed to hire a new attorney and postpone the upcoming trial in a civil lawsuit. The attorneys for Washington County Commissioner LeRoy Myers filed the motion July 3 in Washington County Circuit Court. The motion requests that Myers change his legal counsel from Venable LLP of Towson, Md., to D. Bruce Poole of Hagerstown if a 90-day continuance is granted. (Herald-Mail)

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July 9 // Elrich edges out Blair in Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive

Longtime Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich was declared the winner of the Democratic primary for county executive Sunday, besting opponent David Blair in a tight race that came down to absentee and provisional ballots. Just 80 votes separated the two candidates, with 37,529 votes for Elrich and 37,449 for Blair, according to election results posted to the county’s website late Sunday night. Elrich, a progressive who has served on the county council for 12 years, and Blair, a Potomac businessman and political newcomer, were locked in a close race since the June 26 primary, separated by just a few hundred votes, with Elrich’s lead steadily dropping with each new round of ballots counted. (Wash. Post)

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In race for Md. governor, Jealous emphasizes unity among black Democrats

It would be a stretch to call Ben Jealous part of Maryland’s African American political establishment. But at a “unity breakfast” Saturday morning, leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland said they were cautiously optimistic the Democratic nominee for governor would win in November after a long primary season. Many in the 300-strong crowd at a Greenbelt hotel deep in the home turf of Rushern L. Baker III, Jealous’s main primary opponent, had been enthusiastic supporters of Baker, the Prince George’s County executive. Baker’s centrist, pragmatic platform contrasted with Jealous’s progressive agenda. (Wash. Post)

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