Via Frederick News Post

Frederick County Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater pulled out to a commanding lead ahead of Councilman Kai Hagen and Daryl Boffman for the Democratic nomination for Frederick County executive, based on unofficial results released early Wednesday.

Election officials, however, cannot begin counting mail-in ballots until Thursday, under state law.

Fitzwater, a two-term council member, received 7,054 votes, or 57% of the total so far.

“I think this is a sign voters are really happy with the way things are going in Frederick County,” Fitzwater said in a phone interview with the News-Post on Tuesday night. Fitzwater and her supporters were gathered for an election night watch party at Attaboy Beer brewery in Frederick.

“I feel so much energy behind this campaign,” she said.

Read more in the Frederick News-Post here.