Democratic delegates Karen Lewis Young and Carol Krimm crossed their first hurdle on the road back to Annapolis representing House District 3A on Tuesday with primary wins over challenger Ryan Trout.
According to unofficial primary election results returned Tuesday night, Lewis Young received the most votes, with 5,180, or 45.41 percent, while Krimm secured the second-highest number of votes with 4,298 or 37.68 percent. Trout came up short with 1,928, or 16.9 percent of the total votes.
All election results are unofficial until absentee ballots are counted. As of Monday, 511 absentee ballots had been sent to District 3A voters, and 283 of them had been returned, according to the state Board of Elections website.
If Tuesday’s results are finalized, Krimm and Lewis Young will face off against Republicans Mike Bowersox and James Dvorak in the Nov. 6 general election.
Both Lewis Young and Krimm made the transition to the General Assembly in 2014 from the City Hall dais, where they served together as alderwomen. If they win in November, it will be their second consecutive term together in the House of Delegates.
“I’m certainly pleased,” Lewis Young said Tuesday at a watch party at Cafe 611. “But I know I worked hard, both in the Legislature, and I worked hard going door to door.”
Lewis Young also said Trout had been at the party earlier and congratulated her.
“He said I really ran a good campaign and he was very gracious,” she recalled.
Trout, 32, served as Sen. Ron Young’s chief of staff before entering the District 3A race. He also ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for House District 4A.
The entire 188-member General Assembly turns over every four years, meaning the Frederick County delegation could welcome new faces in 2018. Delegates earn $50,330 annually and serve four-year terms with no term limits.
House Districts 3A, 3B and 4 make up the Frederick County region.
District 3A includes the city of Frederick and surrounding areas. District 3B includes the Urbana area and south-central parts of Frederick County. District 4 covers largely rural areas of Frederick County outside the city of Frederick and Urbana, as well as parts of Carroll County.
District 3A was the only race that had a contested primary and included 53,378 active eligible voters at the close of registration. Roughly 47 percent of registered voters in the district are Democrats, compared with about 29 percent who are registered as Republicans, according to Maryland State Board of Elections data.
In District 3B, Democrat Ken Kerr is challenging incumbent Republican Delegate William Folden in November.
The District 4 general election ballot will feature Democrats Lois Jarman, Darrin Ryan Smith and Ysela Bravo facing off against Republican Delegate Barrie Ciliberti and Republican newcomers Dan Cox and Jesse Pippy.
Voters will choose a total of three candidates to represent the district.
Ciliberti is the only incumbent who ran in District 4. Delegate Davide E. Vogt III (R) did not file for re-election, and Delegate Kathy Afzali won the Republican nomination for county executive on Tuesday night.
As eyes turn to the general election, District 4 heavily favors Republicans.
The most recent figures show 46.8 percent of voters are registered with the Republican party, compared to about 29.6 percent Democrat.
Staff writer Danielle E. Gaines contributed to this report.