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Republican incumbents out, Democrats in as Anne Arundel, Howard County Executives

Posted: 12:00 AM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 07:58:44-05

A couple of upsets in local county executive races.

The Republican incumbents in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties are out, and their Democratic challengers are in as two very close races separated by just a few percentage points come to an end. 

In Howard County, Republican incumbent Allan Kittleman faced off against Democrat Calvin Ball. Ball previously served as the chairman of the Howard County Council.

Ball and Kittleman often disagreed about how to handle the flooding problems of Old Ellicott City, which was hit twice by catastrophic floods within the last two years . But in the end, it was Ball who came out with the win, defeating Kittleman by about five percentage points.

And it was just four percentage points that separated Republican incumbent Steve Schuh and Democrat Steuart Pittman in Anne Arundel County. 

Pittman has never run for a political seat prior to this. He is a businessman with a background in farming and horses, yet he still pulled off the win. 

Schuh posted his concession speech on Facebook, saying he will help Pittman transition into his new role, and he was proud to serve Anne Arundel County for four years.