BY BILL BROWN
Kate Stewart, councilmember for Ward 3, is Takoma Park’s mayor-elect by a wide margin – 2184 votes to 248 for Warren Holmes.
Peter Kovar, one of two newcomers to the city council, won the Ward 1 seat. Votes were 630 for Kovar, 86 for Victor Thurmonyi, and 86 for Elizabeth Wallace.
Ward 6 councilmember Fred Schultz keeps his seat with a solid 206 votes to late-entering write-in candidate Jason Small who got 86 votes.
The ballot question about changing the city’s election day to the same day as general elections also passed 1872 to 385. The question is advisory – it asks whether voters want the council to look into the possibility of making the change, provided the city can keep it’s unique election features such as non-citizen voting and instant-runoff voting.
All the other candidates were unchallenged. In Ward 2 Tim Male got 441 votes. Ward 3 newcomer Rizzy Qureshi got 519 votes, Terry Seamens in Ward 4 got 218 votes and Ward 5’s Jarret Smith got 149.
These numbers are unofficial. The official numbers will be released at the election certification Wednesday, Nov. 4 7:30 p.m. in the city council auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD.