Smith Sees Wins For Kamenetz and Two Republicans
County executive sees GOP candidates Marks and Huff taking County Council seats
County Executive Jim Smith said Tuesday night that he believes there will be at least two Republicans on the County Council after the votes are counted.
Smith, dressed in a purple sweater and white turtleneck, made his comments shortly after arriving at the Pikesville Hilton to attend county executive candidate Kevin Kamenetz's election night party.
Smith said he believes there will be few surprises and that Gov. Martin O'Malley and Kamenetz will overcome their respective Republican challengers — former Gov. Robert Ehrlich and former Del. Ken Holt, respectively.
Smith spent the day campaigning for Tom Quirk, a 1st District council candidate, Cathy Bevins, a 6th District council candidate, and Ben Sutley, a 3rd District council candidate.
Smith said Sutley "ran a good campaign" but that the York Road corridor where Huff owns a business and is well known would be tough for a conservative Democrat to overcome—especially in the county's most Republican leaning council district.
"There just are a lot of votes in North County," said Smith, referring to more rural areas.
Smith said he believed Republican David Marks, of Perry Hall, would also win his race in the 5th council district, defeating Mike Ertel of Towson.