MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Montgomery County and a few other Maryland counties have partial results following Election Day due to an issue with the thumb drives that record votes, the Maryland Board of Elections said during a briefing on Wednesday.
Here are the Montgomery County results as of early Wednesday morning:
* Note: While many Maryland races are reporting 100% of precincts as counted, Maryland has not yet counted absentee ballots or provisional ballots, and they have until 10 a.m. on Nov. 13 to do so. Results won't be official until then.
Lynne Harris, a nurse, attorney and public health professional, currently has the lead as for Montgomery County Board of Education At-large.
Rebecca K. Smondrowski, the incumbent first elected to this office in 2016, also has the lead in the run for the Montgomery Board of Education District 2 for the county.
Shebra Evans, the incumbent and member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), is ahead as Montgomery Board of Education District 2.
Here's a look at the updates from the key races on issues voted on and candidates elected throughout Montgomery County.
U.S. PRESIDENT- The Associated Press has projected Joe Biden to win Maryland's electoral votes.
MARYLAND QUESTION 1 - Balancing State Budget
Though the votes have not been finalized, Marylanders appear to have approved this question. If passed, the proposed amendment to Maryland’s Constitution would allow the General Assembly to increase, decrease, or reallocate funds in the governor’s proposed budget each year starting in 2024. Maryland is one of the few states where the legislature does NOT have the authority to do this.
MARYLAND QUESTION 2 - Expansion of Commercial Gaming - APPROVED
Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved of sports betting legalization in the state.
U.S. CONGRESS: DISTRICT 3
This district includes portions of Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties, as well as a good portion of the City of Baltimore.
- Charles Anthony (Republican)
Anthony served on the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel and as an Assistant Administrator for the Department of Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has a teaching degree in Social Studies and History from Marshall University.
2. John Sarbanes (Democrat-Incumbent)
Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2007. Prior to Congress, he worked in the Maryland State Department of Education and he is an attorney. In Congress, he chairs the Democracy Reform Task Force and serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
U.S. CONGRESS: DISTRICT 6
This district includes all of Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties, as well as portions of Montgomery and Frederick counties.
- Neil Parrott (Republican)
Parrott has been a member of the House of Delegates since Jan. 2011. He has also served as Assistant Minority Whip. He is a lifelong Marylander.
2. David Trone (Democrat-Incumbent)
Trone is running for a second term. He serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. He is also a business owner, who co-founded Total Wine & More.
3. George Gluck (Green)
Gluck has been a member of the Green Party for 12 years. He has had a 40-year career in the information technology sciences, which has spanned both government and private industry, and he has served as a substitute teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools.
U.S. CONGRESS: DISTRICT 8
This district encompasses parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties.
1. Gregory Thomas Coll (Republican)
Coll currently works in the aerospace field and was accountable for the design, implementation, and operations of the technical tools and systems supporting NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite Servicing Projects Division. He has also served on the Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is currently a Senior Member.
2. Jamie Raskin (Democrat-Incumbent)
Raskin has held this office since 2017. Prior to Congress, he was a constitutional law professor at American University and Washington College of Law. Previously he served in the Maryland State Senate from 2007 to 2016. He is also an author of multiple books and a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT
6th Judicial Circuit
Theresa Adams (Incumbent)
Adams is a lifelong Marylander who has served on the Frederick County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, since Jan. 2004. She has also served as the Assistant State's Attorney for Frederick County, as well as the Senior Assistant State's Attorney for Carroll County and the Assistant State's Attorney for Washington County.
Bibi Berry (Incumbent)
Berry began her career as a domestic litigation associate. She has also served as a paralegal and a magistrate. She has authored many articles and presented to various educational institutions and associations.
David Boynton (Incumbent)
Boynton has previously served a 15-year term as a judge sitting on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. He has handled cases in Criminal Court, Civil Court, Family Court and Juvenile Court.
Christopher Fogleman (Incumbent)
Fogleman has lived in Montgomery County for 37 years and was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 1985, the District of Columbia in 1989, and the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1990. He has previously worked in a private law practice and remained with his firm for 30 years. He has also served as a citizen member of the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Commission and the Juvenile Justice Commission.
Michael Joseph McAuliffe (Incumbent)
He was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2018. He spent 32 years in private practice in a Rockville law firm and has
represented individuals, small businesses and local municipalities in civil and criminal cases.
Pierre has been practicing law for more than 28 years. Her areas of practice include juvenile law, criminal law, family law and probate law. She is also a former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a retired First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve Military Police Corps, and a former legal redress attorney for the NAACP Montgomery County Branch.
Johnson is an attorney with 26 years of experience. He has represented clients in administrative, state and federal proceedings. He is a write-in candidate in this year’s election.
Board of Education: At-Large
Dasgupta has taught political science as well as served as the Director of the Political Science Program for University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs.
Harris is a nurse, attorney and public health professional. She received her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Board of Education: District 2
Fryar has more than 30 years of experience working in education. He has served as a classroom teacher, a social worker and an attorney. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar Association to provide pro-bono legal services through the Montgomery County Bar Pro Bono Program and also volunteers through the Washington Council of Lawyers.
Rebecca Smondrowski (Incumbent)
Smondrowski was first elected to this office in 2016. She also serves as chair of the Board's Committee on Special Populations and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, she serves as the Ex-officio to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Previously, she was a legislative aide for Maryland State Senator Roger Manno and has been a local and county PTA leader.
Board of Education: District 4
Shebra Evans (Incumbent)
Evans is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), Chair of the MABE Equity Ad Hoc Committee and serves on the Policies and Procedures Committee. She has also volunteered with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) as a Co-leader of the African American Student Achievement Action Group.
Solomon is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County who has had a career in radio as a producer and talk show host. He has volunteered for various Montgomery County boards, committees, nonprofits, and political campaigns.
QUESTION A: Property Tax Limit
Question A is a competing plan to Question B when it comes to calculating property taxes in Montgomery County.
If passed this question would do away with the cap on revenue and instead require that any increase to the property tax rate in Montgomery County be approved by all nine members of the council.
Under the current system, the council must set the property tax rate each year to make sure that the county does NOT exceed the overall revenue cap.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF QUESTION:
Amend Section 305 of the County Charter to prohibit the County Council from adopting a tax rate on real property that exceeds the tax rate on real property approved for the previous year, unless all current Council Members vote affirmatively for the increase. This amendment would replace the current property tax limit, which requires an affirmative vote of all current Councilmembers to levy a tax on real property that would produce total revenue that exceeds the total revenue produced by the tax on real property in the preceding fiscal year plus any increase in the Consumer Price Index.
The current property tax limit exempts real property tax revenue derived from: (1) newly constructed property; (2) newly rezoned property; (3) certain property assessed differently under State law; (4) property that has undergone a change in use; and (5) property in a development tax district to provide funding for capital improvements.
QUESTION B: Property Tax Limit-Prohibit Override
Question B is a competing plan to Question A when it comes to calculating property taxes in Montgomery County.
If passed, this plan would prohibit lawmakers from increasing the property tax beyond the rate of inflation. Right now, any increase beyond the rate of inflation requires a unanimous council vote.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE QUESTION:
Amend Section 305 of the County Charter to prohibit the County Council from levying an ad valorem tax on real property that would produce total revenue (not including property tax revenue from certain enumerated sources) that exceeds the total revenue produced by the tax on real property in the preceding fiscal year plus a percentage of the previous year's real property tax revenues that equals an increase in the Consumer Price Index.
Section 305 currently permits the County Council to exceed the limit on real property tax revenue only upon the affirmative vote of all current Councilmembers.
QUESTION C: Increase to 11 Councilmembers
Question C is a contrasting plan to Question D when it comes to the structure of the county council.
Question C would increase from five to seven the number of council districts; and keep the four at-large seats. Montgomery County is Maryland’s largest county population-wise and has had nine council members since 1990. Supporters of this question say the county has grown a lot since 1990 and in contrast, D.C. has 13 council seats, and Prince George’s has 11.
QUESTION D: Alter Council to 9 Districts
Question D is a contrasting plan to Question C when it comes to the structure of the county council.
If passed, Question D would do away with all the council’s at-large seats in favor of nine single-member districts. Right now, the council is comprised of five district seats and four at-large seats.
Amend Sections 102 and 103 of the County Charter to divide the County into nine, rather than the current five, Council districts; elect all Council Members by district, rather than the current five by district and for at large; and reduce from five to one the number of Council Members each voter can vote for.