June 17--County Councilman Jamie Benoit gave his endorsement to Scott Hymes Tuesday as the best candidate to replace him in District 4.
Benoit picked the Crownsville resident over school board member Andrew Pruski and Devin Tucker in the June 24 primary. The winner will face Republican Chike Anyanwu in November.
"Scott is a lifelong county resident and has spent decades serving the community," the Crownsville Democrat said in a prepared statement. "He has been a forceful voice in the fight to preserve organic farming on the Dairy Farm, protecting Gambrills and Odenton from two landfills and for funding teacher pay raises."
Benoit, who is prevented from seeking re-election because of term limits said Hymes' experience as a business owner and his plan to advocate for sensible growth in the central county district in picking him.
Hymes is a manager in the Department of Natural Resources who has a music and video production company called AKA Productions and a talent agency called Alliance Entertainment that merged with Entertainment Exchange in 2006. He has also been endorsed by The Sierra Club and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.
Benoit's announcement came after Pruski campaign supporters sent out an email with statements of support from Rob Newman, president of the Russett Community Association and Steve Richard, president of the Four Seasons Community Association.
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