Leopold Re-elected as County Executive
Leopold led opponents with 51 percent of the vote.
Republican incumbent John R. Leopold was elected into his second term asAnne Arundel County Executive after opposing candidate Joanna Conti conceded with 98
percent of the precincts reported.
Leopold led opposing candidates with 51 percent of the vote, with Democrat Joanna
Conti receiving 44 percent and Green Party Candidate Mike Shay earning 5 percent.
Running largely off of his accomplishments over the past four years, Leopold's
campaign of "Promises Made. Promises Kept" resonated with voters despite a $10
million lawsuit against him for an alleged sexual harassment charge. Results slowly
trickled in, ultimately leading to Conti's concession.
After being 10,000 votes behind Leopold with only 21 precincts to go, Conti
"I feel we ran a really strong campaign," she said. "There's always some things you
wish you would have done differently, but we were out there connecting with voters
Gathered at Kaufmann's Tavern in Gambrills, hosted by the Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County, Leopold's staff hovered over a laptop with their cell phones glued to their ears as voting results found their way into the restaurant.
"The early results are very encouraging," said Campaign Spokesman, David
Abrams. "Leopold ran a positive campaign based on keeping taxes low, excellent
community service and cutting government spending."
Knowing his chances were all but gone, Green Party Candidate Mike Shay and his
volunteers didn't let the results spoil their fun while celebrating with a live jazz
band at 49 West in Annapolis.
"It was really the end of a very successful campaign to move our issues down the
road and to make officials accountable for not doing much in the past four years,"