2021 Maryland local elections: Results in races for mayor, city council

While none of Maryland’s statewide offices were on the ballot Tuesday, elections were held for some local and municipal government positions. In the WTOP listening area, residents of Annapolis, Frederick, Laurel, Gaithersburg and Mount Airy headed to the polls.

Where races have been called by local election officials, winning candidates are underlined and bolded in the list below; incumbent candidates are marked with an asterisk (*).


Some council races were still too close to call as of Wednesday evening. Remaining ballots will be counted at a final canvas on Tuesday, Nov. 9.


Gavin Buckley (Democrat)*

Steven Strawn (Republican)

City Council, Ward 1

Eleanor M. Tierney (Democrat)* is uncontested

City Council, Ward 2

Scott Gibson (Republican)

Karma O’Neill (Democrat)

City Council, Ward 3

Rhonda Pindell Charles (Democrat)* is uncontested

City Council, Ward 4

Sheila M. Finlayson (Democrat)*

Toni Strong-Pratt (Democrat) write-in

City Council, Ward 5

Brooks Schandelmeier (Democrat)*

Monica Manthey (Republican)

City Council, Ward 6

DaJuan Gay (Democrat)*

George Michael Gallagher (Republican)

City Council, Ward 7

Rob Savidge (Democrat)* is uncontested

City Council, Ward 8

Ross H. Arnett (Democrat)*

Rockford Toews (Republican)


Frederick election officials say canvassing will continue Thursday, Nov. 4. Election results are not official. Results are as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Michael C. O’Connor (Democrat)* – 2,097 (61.84%)

Steven Hammrick (Republican) – 650 (19.17%)

Board of Aldermen

Vote for no more than five.

Donna Kuzemchak (Democrat)* – 2,114 (15.75%)

Ben MacShane (Democrat)* – 1,956 (14.57%)

Kelly Russell (Democrat)* –  2,233 (16.63%)

Derek Shackelford (Democrat)* – 2,131 (15.87%)

Robert A. Fischer (Republican) – 1,235 (9.2%)

Katie Nash (Democrat) – 2,239 (16.68%)

Michelle Shay (Republican) – 1,332 (9.92%)



Jud Ashman* – 3,650 (81.42%)

Stephen J. Escobar – 833 (18.58%)

City Council

Voters chose no more than two.

David Belgard – 1,274 (14.87%)

Philip Cook – 723 (8.44%)

Lisa E. Henderson – 2.632 (30.73%)

Yamil Hernández – 1,777 (20.75%)

Jim McNulty – 2,159 (25.21%)


Note: Results do not include provisional and absentee ballots.

City Council, At-Large

Voters chose one.

Martin Mitchell – 589 (57%)

Frederick Smalls – 451 (43%)

City Council, Ward 1

Voters chose two.

Carl DeWalt* – 353

James Kole – 347

City Council, Ward 2

Voters chose two.

Brencis Smith* – 339 (34%)

Keith R. Sydnor* – 414 (41%)

Jeffrey W. Mills – 248 (25%)

Mount Airy

Note: Results do not include absentee ballots.


Voters chose one.

Larry Hushour – 1,160

Pamela Reed – 548

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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