One of the incumbents on the Prince George’s County Circuit Court has lost his bid for a full 15-year term after being appointed last year — bringing to three the number of “sitting judges” around Maryland who unsuccessfully defended their seats in the Nov. 3 general election.
The completion of the Prince George’s vote tally Friday, two and a half weeks after Election Day, showed Circuit Court Judge Jared M. McCarthy finishing nearly 5,200 votes behind attorney April T. Ademiluyi for the fifth of five judgeships at stake this year in the county. McCarthy had led by about 7,000 votes on election night, but with a large number of mail-in and provisional ballots remaining to be counted.
Attorney April T. Ademiluyi has won a judgeship in Prince George’s County. Campaign photo.
Circuit court judgeship elections often are uncontested, and the ouster of three incumbents across the state in a single year is a rarity. McCarthy, formerly attorney for the Prince George’s County government, joins two other sitting judges, Patrick Devine of Charles County and John J. Kuchno of Howard County, in falling short at the ballot box.