On the surface, the four County Council District seats are a Democratic sweep. According to the unofficial tally on the County web page, it's Democrats Ken Kraft (52.56%), Bob Werner (50.76%), Lamont McClure (50.66%) and Scott Parsons (53.56%). But it appears to me that voters are sending another message,
Sure, voters rejected Ron Angle. He had a terrible year last year, not only because of his bombastic style, but because of various court rulings that went against him. On top of that, his own Republican colleagues on Council deposed him as Council President. And yes, his pro-sale position with Gracedale definitely hurt.
But Gracedale's most avid defender on Council, Lamont McClure, has a scant, 108-vote, lead. If Gracedale is what dominated the minds of voters, I'd expect him to do much better than that, especially against an opponent who spent no real money.
Then there's Mike Dowd, who has very likely been Council's most liberal member, as well as its voice of reason. He went down by 138 votes, if unofficial results hold up.
What do Angle, McClure and Dowd have in common? They are all incumbents on a Council known for its divisiveness, but no so much for getting anything done. It has been a Council that more or less has ignored, and at times, has been downright disrespectful to County Executive John Stoffa.
Charles Dertinger, a Democrat who incessantly threw monkey wrenches in Stoffa's way, went down two years ago. Now Angle, Dowd, and perhaps, McClure. Incumbents all.
This vote has little to do with Gracedale, and is by no means the exaltation of one party over the other. I might be mistaken in speculating that people are upset with the way Council has treated Stoffa, but the vote clearly is a repudiation of the incumbents.