In the Democratic primary race for County Council District F, former Havre de Grace City Council member Philip J. Barker won the nomination over political newcomer James D. Haney of Edgewood by more than 500 votes Tuesday.
Barker received 7,499 votes, or 37 percent of the total, while Haney received 6,937 votes, or 34.2 percent of the total.
Of the Democrats who went to the polls or voted by absentee ballot, 5,834, or 28.8 percent, cast no vote in the District F race.
No Republican ran for the seat, so Barker is unchallenged in the November general election.
Dr. Frederick J. Hatem, who currently represents District F, vacated his District F seat by running for -- and winning -- the Democratic nomination for the council president's seat.
On Tuesday, Barker did best in his home turf of Havre de Grace, as well as in the Aberdeen precincts.
Haney, who said he hoped to be the first District F representative from Edgewood, carried the Edgewood precincts, as well as most of the Bel Air precincts.
The two men, who agreed on many campaign issues, differed primarily in their views of how best to control growth and development.
Barker, a facility manager for the J.M Huber Co. of Havre de Grace, said he plans to emphasize attracting industry to the county to broaden the county tax base.
But, he said, the county needs to make sure development is carefully planned.