Jones to launch write-in campaign against Oliver for Baltimore Co. Council seat

Jones lost by fewer than 100 votes in primary

September 29, 2010|By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Council contender Julian Jones will run as a write-in candidate in the November general election after losing the primary to two-term Councilman Kenneth Oliver by 98 votes.

Jones had considered requesting a recount over the last few weeks but decided against it because of the expense and concerns over the process.

He said that he was encouraged to continue fighting for the District 4 seat by residents and supporters.

"It's clear if you look at the returns that people were definitely looking for a change," Jones said. "Three-quarters of people voting did not vote for Mr. Oliver. By running as a write-in candidate, this will give people the opportunity to make a choice to elect new leadership or keep the status quo."

Jones said he even has a new slogan: "Don't count me out — write me in!"

When reached for comment, Oliver said, "I'm not sure if a write-in candidate has ever won in the state of Maryland, but that's his right."

There is no Republican opponent in the general election for the seat, which covers Woodlawn, Randallstown, Owings Mills and Reisterstown.

raven.hill@baltsun.com

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