June 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay, lesbian incumbents win local Md. Democratic primaries

Howard County Register of Wills Byron MacFarlane (Photo courtesy of the MacFarlane Campaign)

Three gay and lesbian candidates for local office in Maryland won their respective Democratic primaries on Tuesday.

Howard County Registrar of Wills Byron MacFarlane defeated Terrence McAndrews by a 67.2-32.8 percent margin in the Democratic primary. MacFarlane will face off against Republican Shawn Conley in November.

Evan Glass finished third in the Democratic primary for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council with 7.9 percent of the vote.

“In this age of President Trump, where I can be refused service because of whom I love, the significance of being the first LGBTQ nominee to the Montgomery County Council sends a loud and clear message that hate has no home here,” Glass told his supporters in an email he sent to them on Wednesday. “I vow to be a voice for all of our minority communities and disenfranchised groups.” 

Frederick County Board of Election member Liz Barrett won re-election with 10.9 percent of the vote.

Former Kensington Mayor Pete Fosselman lost in the Democratic primary for the Montgomery County Council District 1 race.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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