More Black candidates ran for office in Baltimore County than ever, but diversity remains unchanged

Published 11/10/2022 6:32 p.m. EST, Updated 11/11/2022 8:18 a.m. EST

Sixth district County Council candidate Shafiyq Hinton announced endorsements from County Executive Johnny Olszewski and retiring Councilwoman Cathy Bevins in May.

Despite months of legal wrangling over how to improve the odds for people of color to be elected to the Baltimore County Council, the racial diversity of the board remains unchanged after Election Day. In May, there were Black candidates running in five out of seven districts across the county, but this month only one candidate — an incumbent — was victorious.

Baltimore County’s population demographics have shifted over the years. About 20 years ago, nearly 75% of residents were white. Now, that’s closer to roughly 50% of residents, but six out of the seven county council seats are held by white people.

The county is about 30% Black, and will continue to have just one person who is Black on the council.

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