This story was updated at 2:10 p.m. July 8, 2014.
Evan Glass has conceded to Del. Tom Hucker in the closely contested Democratic primary in Montgomery County Council’s 5th District.
In an email Thursday morning to supporters, Glass, an activist and former journalist, said he called Hucker to congratulate him on the victory. A copy of the email was provided to The Gazette.
“I applaud Tom and all the candidates, as each ran a good campaign and collectively helped elevate the conversation about how to tackle our community’s challenges,” Glass wrote. “Now is the time for us all to work together. The campaign may be over but the important work of improving our community continues. I look forward to working with Councilmember-elect Hucker to make the 5th District a great place to live, work and play.”
Hucker — who served the last two terms in the House of Delegates, representing District 20 — returned the accolades, congratulating Glass and all his opponents on hard-fought campaigns.
“I learned a lot from all my close work with all of them,” Hucker said Thursday. “I hope they all stay very involved in the community and I hope to work with them in the future.”
A mere 217 votes separated Glass and Hucker, both of Silver Spring, after the polls closed June 24. Hucker’s lead in the five-way contest widened to 222 votes after the counting of provisional and absentee ballots.
Christopher Barclay, Terrill North and Jeffrey Thames finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Democratic primary.
Glass did not respond to a request for comment.
The 5th District stretches from Silver Spring and Takoma Park northeast along the Prince George’s County line to Burtonsville.
Hucker has no opposition on the ballot in the Nov. 4 general election, as no Republican or third party candidates filed for the seat.
Between now and the general election, Hucker said, he does not plan to rest on his laurels. He said he and his campaign members will be “out there” going to meetings, events, debates and anything else relevant to his district.
The winner in November will succeed Democrat Cherri Branson of Silver Spring, who the council appointed this year to temporarily fill the seat vacated by Democrat Valerie Ervin. Ervin resigned in January to become executive director of the Center for Working Families in New York.