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Heated County Executive races shaping up for Maryland's General Election

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-20 15:46:47-04

BALTIMORE — Although the Primary Election has come and gone, some races have yet to be called.

Some though have been settled.

While most attention Tuesday focused on the Republican and Democratic Gubernatorial races and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's race, others were heating up.

Especially for County Executive in Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties.

It appears incumbent Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will go onto face controversial conservative Pat McDonough in the General Election.

A former state delegate, McDonough has not yet officially been declared the winner despite currently having more than double the votes of his closest competitor, Henry Ciezkowski.

Politically, he and Olszewski are on opposite ends of the spectrum on virtually every policy.

In September of 2020, McDonough led a small group calling for Olszewski to be removed from office alleging he "violated his oath of office by failing to enforce Baltimore County public safety laws."

Then there is the Primary battle for Harford County executive, to replace term limited Republican Barry Glassman.

Despite being outraised, Republican State Senator Robert Cassilly seems to have run away with the nomination over Billy Boniface with nearly 68 percent of the vote.

Leading up to the primary, Cassilly had been vocal about suspending the state gas tax and repealing an 18 percent motor fuel tax increase that recently went into effect July 1.

He also helped sponsor the Judicial Transparency Act, and a pair of other bills to modify Maryland's wear and carry gun permit laws and to enact voter ID requirements during elections.

If his lead holds, Cassilly would go onto face Democrat Blane H. Miller, III in the General.

In Howard County, the County Executive race looks to be a rematch between Democratic incumbent Calvin Ball and Republican Allan Kittleman.

Ball unseated Kittleman during the 2018 General Election.