BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Several county executive seats across the state are also up for grabs Tuesday. The races have narrowed and, at times, turned personal.
Christie Ileto has the most competitive races.
It’s incumbent Kevin Kamenetz’s final rally to keep his job. With 57% of the precincts reporting, Kamenetz is in the lead, 55%-45%.
“I got around to a lot of different precincts here today just to get a sense of what they were thinking,” he said.
The race against Republican George Harman turned testy and the ads were personal. Harman highlighted Kamenetz’s now-notorious 2013 meltdown.
“Those ads, to me, are a bunch of crock. I really don’t pay much attention to those things,” said one voter.
Voters call it cluttering the facts.
“I try to do my own independent research to determine whether or not that’s the candidate I should cast my vote for,” said another voter.
The race for county executive didn’t just heat up in Baltimore County but also got competitive in both Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
The ads turned ugly in Anne Arundel County. Experience and voting records were questioned. Former Sheriff Democrat George Johnson and Republican Delegate Steve Schuh duked it out for the same post. With 28% of the precincts reporting, Steve Schuh is in the lead with 60%-39%.
And there’s a narrow race in Howard County, where education and social services are hot button issues. Voters are deciding whether Democrat Courtney Watson or Republican Allan Kittleman will get a promotion. With 18% of the precincts reporting, Courtney Watson is leading 54%-46%.
But for some voters, these races are just about the issues.
“Try to get some of the taxes down instead of keep going up,” said Walter Jones.
Stay with WJZ for updates on Election Day results.
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