No Hogan Coattails in Baltimore Co.: Olszewski Smokes Redmer

    Democrat John A. “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. roundly defeated Alfred W. Redmer Jr. in the race for Baltimore County executive Tuesday, capturing more than 57 percent of the vote.

    The overwhelming win by Olszewski, 36, a former state legislator and public school teacher, demonstrated that Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s re-election win – which depended on high numbers in Baltimore County — offered absolutely no coattails to Redmer.

    Redmer, 62, Maryland insurance commissioner and former House of Delegates member, conceded the race at about 10:30 p.m. before a crowd of supporters at the Columbus Gardens catering hall, on Belair Road in Nottingham.

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    William F. Zorzi
    Bill Zorzi was a Baltimore Sun reporter and editor for nearly 20 years, focusing on government and politics. An Annapolis bureau veteran, he wrote a weekly column, “The Political Game” for the paper.Zorzi and another former Sun reporter, David Simon, are longtime collaborators on acclaimed television projects, including the HBO series, “The Wire,” and the HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which dealt with an explosive housing desegregation case in Yonkers, NY.