Zac Blanchard Wins Election, Will be New District 11 Councilman

| May 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

Last night, Councilman Eric Costello conceded in his race for reelection as the District 11 Councilman as challenger Zac Blanchard finished the day 43 votes ahead and was declared the winner. It was a razor-thin margin as 6,871 votes were cast in the race that led to 3,457 votes for Blanchard and 3,414 votes for Councilman Costello.

Councilman Costello will finish up his term as Councilman, serving 10 years in the district. Councilman Costello is a Federal Hill resident, a SUNY Oneonta and Syracuse University graduate, and a native of Binghamton, NY. Prior to becoming a full-time Councilman, he was an IT analyst for the Federal government.

From Councilman Costello:

Blanchard is a native of Louisiana, a United States Naval Academy graduate, a Marine reservist, President of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, a board member of Federal Hill Main Street, an active member of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore, and an assistant football coach at Digital Harbor High School. He lives in Federal Hill with his wife Alexa and young son Jude.

Blanchard will take his council seat in December.

Blanchard released the following statement:

We did it!

With equal parts humility, gratitude, and joy, I am declaring victory in my Democratic primary race for Baltimore’s 11th City Council District. I just received a congratulatory call from Councilman Costello, and 9 days after Election Day, we have the votes counted to declare victory. I’d like to say thanks to three specific groups:

First, as I said throughout the campaign, this isn’t a “me” campaign, it is a “we” campaign. We never would have won this race without the support of dozens of volunteers knocking doors, hosting meet-and-greets, and getting the word out. Weeknights, early Saturday mornings, that January blizzard and those downpours every time we door-knocked Seton Hill: we won because WE won.

Second, I want to thank all eight of the public interest groups – the Sierra Club, Maryland Child Alliance, VoteVets, New Politics, Clean Water Action, Jews United For Justice, Bikemore, and Progressive Maryland, who all took risks in backing the underdog candidate. I also want to thank Ashley Esposito, elected School Board Commissioner, who took an even greater risk in endorsing me.

Third, thanks to the Baltimore City Councilmembers who fought to bring public financing to our city in the late-2010s. Public financing did exactly what it was supposed to do for our campaign – it allowed a grassroots candidate focused on the people and neighborhoods in their district to raise the money needed to get the word out about their vision. I can’t wait to see the impact public financing has on our local democracy moving forward.

We have so many huge challenges in our amazing city. I’ll celebrate this hard-fought victory, then I’ll get to work preparing myself to help address those challenges. I promise District 11 residents that I will be ready to hit the ground running after the Inauguration.

Lastly, over the course of this race, I made a lot of campaign promises. I can’t wait to get to work keeping them.

Sincerely,

Zac Blanchard

Photo of Eric Costello courtesy of Matt Roth

Photo of Zac Blanchard courtesy of the Zac Blanchard campaign

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