First round of absentee ballots unveil close County Council races

Election Maryland

Since Election Day, there have been two close races in Frederick County, Maryland that have been too close to call. After an extended day of opening, reviewing and counting absentee ballots, the Frederick County Board of Elections have released those results.

For the County Council District 1 race, Democratic candidate and Incumbent Jerry Donald are ahead of Republican candidate Kevin Grubb. Grubb was leading prior to absentee ballots being opened. According to numbers released by county’s Board of Elections, Donald has 11,385 votes to Grubb having 11,176.

“Hopefully the dynamic will be one, even when we disagree; we can not be disagreeable…We can work together with each other and just do our best for Frederick County,” said Jerry Donald.

In the Council County At-Large seats, Democratic candidate Kai John Hagen and Republican candidate Philip Dacey took the spots for two seats. Republican candidate, Danny Farrar, was just behind the two. Hagen has 45,638 votes. Dacey has 44,357. Farrar has 44,031. Other candidates included Susan Reeder Jessee (D), and Bud Otis (I). Currently, Otis and Billy Shreve (R) hold the seats. Shreve lost in the primary election running as a State Senator.

“It was a little bit nervous making because you never know for sure, but we were not taking anything for granted or celebrating,” said Kai John Hagen.

This was the first round of absentee ballots have been counted, 84 out of 86 precincts. If these numbers still stand, the newly-elected County Council members are made up of four Democrats and three Republicans. Three current County Council members will be returning back to the council.

The final two precincts, provisional’s and second round of absentees, will be counted and finalized by November 16th.

The Frederick County Board of Elections have released updated numbers regarding two close races. 

For County Council At-Large: Republican Phillip Dacey and Democrat Kai Hagen won the two spots. 

Hagen secured the top spot with 45,638 followed by Dacey with 44,357, then Republican candidate Danny Farrar with 44,031.

For County Council District 1, Democratic candidate and incumbent Jerry Donald beat Kevin Grubb (R). Grubb was leading votes until absentee ballots were casted. Donald had 11,385 to Grubb having 11,176. 

We will have a full report coming up at 10 p.m. 

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