This year in Baltimore County, nine women are running for a seat on the County Council. The council has been all male since 1994, when the third female representative to the council, Barbara Bachur, was defeated for her position.
Baltimore County is the only one of Maryland’s “Big Seven” jurisdictions without a woman on its council. Experts have several theories on why male election rates are so much higher than females’. Don Norris, chair and professor of public policy, says in the Towson Times that, contrary to popular belief, it is not a matter of gender bias. “Women in the county get elected to the House of Delegates and Senate. I can’t see why there would be any gender bias when it comes to electing women to the County Council,” he said.
Read the full article, “More women seeking place on the Baltimore County Council,” published Wednesday, August 4.