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General Election 2018: Baltimore County Executive

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Learn about the Baltimore County Executive candidates' positions and hear from the candidates themselves in this roundup of WYPR coverage. Reporting on other Baltimore County races is here

General election day is November 6, 2018. Early voting runs until November 1, 2018. Find a list of early voting centers here

See a list of all the candidates and their contact information here. Find your polling place here.

Olszewski's Baltimore County Transition Begins Today

Nov 7, 2018
John Lee

Baltimore County’s next county executive, Democrat Johnny Olszewski,  will take office in one month, which means he has to put together a transition team quickly, starting the morning after the election.

“We’re going to have to assemble a plan to build a diverse team that reflects the strength of our county and welcome and solicit even more feedback about what people want to see for their neighborhoods,” he said Tuesday night.

John Lee

 

 

The first day of early voting brought out long lines of voters throughout Maryland Thursday. 

It also brought out the political big guns in Baltimore County, where a Democrat and Republican are locked in a tight race for County Executive.

 

John Lee

In their final debate, the candidates for Baltimore County Executive differed over affordable housing, Pre-Kindergarten, and how to treat people who live in the country illegally. 

 

The final forum between Republican Al Redmer and Democrat Johnny Olszewski came two weeks before election day.

 

 

John Lee / WYPR

Across Maryland, Republicans are trying to capitalize on Governor Hogan’s popularity. Especially in Baltimore County, where Republican Al Redmer faces Democrat Johnny Olszewski for county executive. John Lee, who covers the county for WYPR, says the vote could be an upset. Listen to his reporting from the campaign trail here. And listen to the candidate's debate on today's Midday at noon.

Then, WYPR reporter Dominique Maria Bonessi looks at the debate over whether the city should embrace an “eye in the sky.”

John Lee / WYPR

The two candidates for Baltimore County Executive debated everything from education to circuses Thursday morning. 

 

John Lee

The kind of development that has led to overcrowded schools and monster traffic jams was a huge issue in the primary race for Baltimore County Executive. 

 

But with less than three weeks to go before the general election, neither candidate is making overdevelopment a major focus of his campaign.

 

 

John Lee

The Republican running for Baltimore County Executive says if elected, he will not abide by a 2016 settlement over affordable housing between the county and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The county's role in bolstering affordable housing is a major point of contention in the race.

 

John Lee / WYPR

The candidates running for Baltimore County Executive debated for the first time Tuesday, and they differed over whether to provide universal prekindergarten and free community college tuition. 

 

How they answered those questions crystallizes how they are running their campaigns.

 

 

John Lee

The two candidates running for Baltimore County Executive agree on this: it’s going to cost a lot to modernize the schools. 

 

There’s another thing they have in common:  Republican Al Redmer and Democrat Johnny Olszewski aren’t providing many details on how to pay for promises they’re making.

 

 

John Lee

Violent crime increased by more than 14 percent in Baltimore County last year. As the general election race for county executive gets under way, both candidates say they have plans to improve public safety in the county.

 

 

John Lee

The nominees are now in place for the general election race for Baltimore County Executive. Former Delegate Johnny Olszewski won a recount over the weekend, a 17 vote win over State Senator Jim Brochin.

 

Morning Edition Host Nathan Sterner spoke with WYPR’s John Lee about what happens next.