Local County and City Officials

The 24 Maryland counties (including Baltimore City) each has elected officials to govern the local jursidction. While some county government combine executive and legislative authority in a single Council, the largest have a mayor or county executive and a city or county council. County governments are responsible for:

  • Education - through school boards most of which are elected

  • Criminal Justice - through elected Sheriffs, State's Attorneys and Judges (the other elective offices this year are largely administrative: Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Wills, and Orphans Court Judges)

  • Environment - through planning and zoning

  • Healthcare - through appointed health officials

  • Civil rights - through criminal justice systems as well as appointed civil rights commissions and agencies

  • Immigration enforcement - through criminal justice systems as well as executive actions and county ordinances

In addition, some incorporated municipalities (towns, cities) also have elected officials to govern them.

The following counties have local elections in 2022 that are contested (i.e. more than one candidate emerging from the primaries):

  • Allegany County 

    • County Commissioners (3) – 4 candidates

    • Cumberland City Council (2) - 4 candidates

  • Anne Arundel County

    • County Executive (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Council - 6 Districts - 2 candidates each

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Baltimore County

    • County Executive (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Council - 7 Districts - 2 candidates each

    • State's Attorney (1) - 2 candidates

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Baltimore City – no contested elections except School Board

  • Calvert County

    • County Commissioners - 2 at large - 4 candidates, plus 3 districts, 2 candidates each​

    • State's Attorney (1) - 2 candidates

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Caroline County

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates​

  • Carroll County

    • County Commissioners - 1 contested district - 2 candidates​

  • Cecil County - no contested elections except School Board

  • Charles County

    • County Council President (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Commissioners - 4 districts, 2 candidates each

  • Dorchester County

    • County Council - 3 contested districts - 2 candidates each​

    • State's Attorney (1) - 2 candidates

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Frederick County

    • County Executive (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Council - at large (2) - 4 candidates, plus 5 districts - 2 candidates each

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Garrett County​

    • County Commissioners - 3 districts - 2 candidates each​

  • Harford County

    • County Executive(1) - 2 candidates  ​

    • County Council President (1) - 2 candidates 

    • County Council - 5 contested districts - 2 candidates each

  • Howard County

    • County Executive(1) - 2 candidates  ​

    • County Council - 4 contested districts - 2 candidates each

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Kent County

    • County Commissioners (3) - 6 candidates​

  • Montgomery County

    • County Executive (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Council - 4 at large - 7 candidates, plus 6 contested districts - 2 candidates each

  • Prince George's County

    • CountyCouncil - 1 contested district - 2 candidates​

  • Queen Anne's County​

    • County Commissioners - 1 at large - 2 candidates, plus 3 districts - 2 candidates each​

  • St. Mary's County

    • County Commissioner President (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Commissioners - 3 contested districts - 2 candididates each

  • Somerset County

    • County Commissioners - 3 contested districts - 2 candidates each​

  • Talbot County

    • County Council (5) - 10 candidates​

    • State's Attorney (1) - 2 candidates

  • Washington County – all non-partisan races

    • County Commissioners (5) - 7 candidates

    • Sheriff (1) - 2 candidates

  • Wicomico County

    • County Executive (1) - 2 candidates​

    • County Council - 2 at large - 4 candidates, plus 3 contested districts - 2 candidates each

  • Worcester County

    • County Comissioners – 1 contested district - 2 candidates