Here are your local election results in Howard County on November 3rd:
Howard County Board of Education
District 1: Delmont-Small vs Molyett
Note - I think it is safe to call this for Delmont-Small. While many “political people and entities” tried hard to make this a race this is a convincing win in District 1 for Delmont-Small.
District 2: Watts vs Pretlow, II
Note - Watts won this race. There is no question of that today. Watts deserved this win and it was not a surprise.
District 3: Mosley vs (well nobody at the end of the day…but Heffner was on the ballot)
Note - I am happy for Mosley. She got my vote and the votes from others in my household. My hope is that she takes the analytical view on issues on not the political view many have seen in some promotions of her campaign this election cycle. I expect this is the one candidate I will watch the most closely going forward (as this is my district) on the Board of Education.
District 4: Mallo vs Palmer vs Hotopp (write-in candidate)
Note - While Mallo only holds a slight lead (less than 1,100+ votes) I think it might hold up. Interesting that in person voting all went for Palmer (Early Voting and Election Day voting). Makes you wonder what would have happened in a normal election cycle. There is still canvasing going on in Howard County between November 5th and November 13th for mail in ballots…but I expect those to trend to Mallo…and this is the one race to continue to watch going forward (in case I am wrong). If things begin to trend in another direction I will be sure to update my readers.
District 5: Lu vs VaillancourtÂ
Note - Honestly the results of this race are the biggest surprise to me. Not that Yun Lu will win…but the margin between the two candidates is a bit surprising. Honestly you have to wonder if the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) flyer that listed Cindy Vaillancourt as a “Democrat” (mailed to voters in Howard County…in a big way if you look at the numbers) did not hurt her chance to win this election cycle? By the way…she is not….it was just a mistake by that entity…but maybe a big one in a local Howard County race in District 5.
Judge of the Circuit Count in Howard County:
Note - I am not sure this race is over…but it is close if not. I think a lot of people thought this might go to the other candidate….but Coleman had the Democrat machine in Howard County behind him (plus having a mailer funded by FanDuel and DraftKings for you does not hurt)…and he also had ton of support from supporters at polling locations (that was pretty impressive from what I saw when I was out and about).
I will have more information as more data is released….and as candidates make public statements.