While the big headlines coming out of yesterday’s election results are that presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton won the Maryland primary for their respective parties, the one local election of interest was the non-partisan race for Montgomery County Board of Education At-Large seat currently held by Phil Kauffman.
The unofficial results of that election show Jeanette Dixon, the former principal at Paint Branch High School garnering the most votes. Results show that Dixon, with 98.88 percent of the ballots tallied, has earned 51,713 or 31. 5 percent of the total votes.
Phil Kauffman, who is the incumbent, garnered 45,852 votes or 27.9 percent of the votes cast. Kauffman, an Olney resident, is a retired federal employee and former PTA leader. He is seeking his third term on the Board of Education.
Sebastian Johnson, a former student member of the Board of Education from Takoma Park, came in third with 28,937 votes, or 17.7 percent. Gwendolyn Kimbrough, a former Washington, DC, school system official, earned 11.8 percent of the vote, and Mike Ibanez, a former teacher from Montgomery Village, garnered 11.0 percent.
As the top two vote-getters in the five-person race, Dixon and Kaufmann have earned the right to face off in the November election for the At-Large seat on the Board of Education.
Also on the ballot in November, will be the District 2 Board seat currently held by Rebecca Smondrowski. She will run against challenger Brandon Orman Rippeon, of Bethesda. District 2 includes the southern portions of Germantown south of the railroad tracks, including the Germantown Estates, Fountain Hills, the Vistas in Boyds, and the Kingsview Village neighborhoods. District 2 also includes large portions of Gaithersburg and Rockville.
In the partisan primary elections, for the Maryland Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. Democratic votes selected Congressman Chris Van Hollen as the candidate for the November election. Van Hollen garnered 121,569 or 76.0 percent of the votes. Donna Edwards ran a distant second earning 31,394 votes or 19.6 percent.
On the Republican side, Maryland Republicans chose Kathy Szeliga to run against Van Hollen. Szeliga received 7,239 votes or 20.7 percent.
"Thank you, thank you Maryland Democrats,” said Van Hollen last night. “I love you all, each and every one of you. Thank all of you who spent time going door to door in every part of the state. Those of you making long calls, those of you up early in the morning and up late in the night. Thank all of you Maryland Democrats in this room and across this great state.”
In the race for the Maryland 6th Congressional seat currently held by Democratic Congressman John K. Delaney, the Potomac resident and former entrepreneur, earned 37,073 votes, or 85.5 percent of the votes from Democrats. He defeated Tony Puca, who earned just 6,303 votes, or 14.5 percent.
“I am humbled and grateful to receive such overwhelming support from Democratic primary voters in the 6th District,” said Delaney in a released statement. “I very much look forward to continuing to stand up for the people of the 6th District in the House of Representatives and being an advocate for hardworking Marylanders from Gaithersburg to Oakland – focusing on delivering exceptional constituent services, championing bold new policy ideas to create jobs and taking to Congress an emphasis on getting things done over extreme partisanship.”
On the Republican side of the Maryland 6th District race, Amie Hoeber earned the nomination by garnering 4,937 votes, or 31.7 percent of the 16,078 votes. She defeated a field of seven other hopefuls, including Boyds-resident Robin Ficker, who came in third with 2,982 or 18.6 percent of the votes. Frank Howard was the runner-up garnering 3,996 votes, or 24.9 percent.
“I am deeply honored that the voters in Maryland’s 6th District have selected me as the Republican candidate to take on incumbent Congressman John Delaney in November,” said Hoeber in a released statement. “I commend my primary opponents for a well-fought race and spirited competition. I appreciate the friendships that have developed during this journey. But tomorrow morning a new fight begins. And I look forward to leading it.”
In UpCounty early voting, the Germantown Community Center was 4,246 votes cast during the early voting period which ran from April 14 to April 21, 75.2 percent were Democratic ballots, 20.1 percent were Republican ballots, and 3.8 percent were non-partisan ballots.
Early votes cast in the Damascus Community Recreation Center totaled 1,440. Of those votes, 53.7 percent were Democratic ballots, 43.7 percent were Republican ballots, and 2.7 percent were non-partisan ballots.
In all 43,039 early ballots were cast in Montgomery County’s 10 early voting locations, 82.6 percent of the early votes were Democratic ballots, 14.8 percent were Republican ballots, and 2.6 percent were non-partisan ballots, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.