Maryland county executive elections, 2006
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The election to choose County Executives in Maryland occurred on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. The U.S. House election, 2006, U.S. Senate election, 2006, Maryland gubernatorial election, 2006, and Maryland General Assembly Election, 2006 took place on the same day. Seven charter counties elected a County Executive: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and Wicomico County. This race coincided with the election for Maryland County Offices Election, 2006.
- 1 Anne Arundel County
- 2 Baltimore County
- 3 Harford County
- 4 Howard County
- 5 Montgomery County
- 6 Prince George's County
- 7 Wicomico County
- 8 See also
Anne Arundel County
The 2006 race was highly competitive, with the county continuing as a new partisan battleground.
The Democratic primary to replace outgoing County Exec. Janet S. Owens was won by 12-year County Sheriff George F. Johnson, IV, who defeated County Recreation & Parks Director Dennis Callahan. Johnson garnered the vast majority of the Democratic Party endorsements, including the Police Department and Fire Department Unions. On March 1, 2006, potential Democratic candidate Barbara Samorajczyk announced that she was joining Johnson's campaign for County Executive as his environmental advisor.
- John Leopold, three-term incumbent member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 31, former politician in the state of Hawaii, from Pasadena (WINNER)
- Sheriff George F. Johnson from Maryland Archives
- Sheriff George F. Johnso bio from Maryland Sheriffs Association
- Office of the Sheriff of Anne Arundel County
- John Leopold Biography from Maryland Archives
- James T. Smith, incumbent and former Circuit Court Judge (WINNER)
- Clarence William Bell, Jr., former Maryland State Trooper (Lieutenant)
The complexion of this race changed when term-limited incumbent County Executive James Harkins announced his resignation effective July 1, 2005, in order to take a job in the Ehrlich Administration. John O'Neil, Jr., Harford County Administrator under Jim Harkins served as interim County Executive until a successor took office. David R. Craig was chosen by the County Council as Harkins' successor on July 5 and took office on July 7.
- David R. Craig, Incumbent appointed County Executive, former Mayor of Havre de Grace, former Delegate and State Senator, from Havre de Grace. (WINNER) Beat Helton 51-49%. Billy Boniface council president /winner over Helton/ HC
- Ann Helton, President, Harford Land Trust. Wife of Art Helton (former Harford County State Senator).
- Christopher J. Merdon, Howard County Council member representing District 1. Regional vice president for a software development company.
- C. Stephen Wallis, Middle School Principal
This race was open after incumbent Doug Duncan stepped down, yet the Democrats expected to hold the seat due to their overwhelming numerical advantage. Former County Councilman "Ike" Leggett won the Democratic nomination with 61% of the vote in the September 12 primary.
Candidates on November Ballot
- Isiah Leggett, former County Councilman, former state Democratic Party Chairman, and Howard University law professor. (WINNER)
- Chuck Floyd, 2004 MD District 8 Congressional Candidate.
- Steven Silverman, County Councilman and lawyer, from Silver Spring. Garnered 35 percent of vote in September 12 primary.
- Robert Raymond Fustero, retired grocery clerk, unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maryland in 2002, from Silver Spring. Received about 3 percent of the vote in the primary.
- Steve Silverman for County Executive
- Chuck Floyd for County Executive
- Ike Legett for County Executive
- Robin Ficker for County Executive
Prince George's County
County Executive Jack B. Johnson narrowly won the Democratic nomination against Rushern L. Baker, III, a vocal critic of Johnson's administration. Johnson was unopposed in the general election. The race broke the record for amount of money ever spent in a primary in the county, with both Baker and Johnson raising and spending over $1 million each.
- Jack B. Johnson, incumbent and former State's Attorney (WINNER)
- Rushern L. Baker, III, former state delegate and current executive director of the Community Teachers Institute
- no candidates filed
In 2004, Wicomico County voters approved a charter amendment establishing an elected county executive, beginning in 2006.
- Rick Pollitt, Fruitland, MD City Manager. (WINNER)
- Tom Taylor, self-employed videographer and editor from Salisbury, MD.
- Ron Allesi, small business owner, past Chairman of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee.
- BJ Corbin, businessman from Delmar.
- Bob Culver, businessman & gun rights advocate from Salisbury, MD.
- Brian Kilgore, owner of Eastern Shore Coffee and Early Dawn Mountain Spring Water (withdrew candidacy on 14 January 2006)