Pantelides Beats Cohen By 59 Votes For Annapolis Mayor

| November 8, 2013
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Mayor-Elect Michael Pantelides is flanked by his parents after the results of the mayoral race were announced

Mayor-Elect Michael Pantelides is flanked by his parents after the results of the mayoral race were announced

Challenger Mike Pantelides beat incumbent Mayor Joshua Cohen in one of the tightest mayoral races in Annapolis history. After the election, Pantelides led by a slim 84 votes.

The following day absentee ballots and a malfunctioning machine were counted and after 19.5 hours (ending at 4:40am) the lead had narrowed to 50.

This morning, election officials and lawyers for both sides were present for the counting of the provisional ballots.  This process, which took an additional 9 hours resulted in a net increase of 9, for a total of 59 votes.

Just before the final votes were tallied, Pantelides arrived and addressed the media about his campaign, the process and his thoughts as he was on the verge of becoming Annapolis’ new Mayor.

There was speculation from Mayor Cohen’s campaign that they would file a petition for a recount; but in the end, they felt the difference in the votes was too large to launch an effective challenge.

Pantelides – 3934    Cohen – 3875

Shortly after the final results were read, Mike Pantelides addressed his supporters:

At the conclusion of his speech, Mayor Cohen called to congratulate him and wish him the best. He told Pantelides that he was on his way to the Recreation Center to offer his personal congratulations.

Cohen spoke briefly and congratulated his opponent on a good race and offered his full assistance with the transition. Cohen took a moment to thank his campaign staff, election staff, volunteers, and voters. He reiterated his lifelong love for Annapolis and in a parting gesture offered Mike Pantelides an Annapolis City lapel pin saying, “it is my honor to be the first one to pin it on you.”

Pantelides thanked Cohen for his service and congratulated him on a well run campaign as well.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.
  • Laura Ferry

    great job Josh. that was a first class speech. thank you for raising the bar by being so gracious. all the best to you in your next endeavor.

  • Rick_in_annapolis

    By the voices of Annapolis, I know and also believe that those proud people that live in this small close-knit city we call Annapolis, the majority, including myself were so ready for a change. Having those that believe in Annapolis trek down to City Hall to voice their opinions only to be snubbed and shot down does not create for comfortable, trusted leadership.

    In today’s times, it’s more about voting for the person, rather than the party.

    Thank you Mr. Cohen for your time and effort.
    Moreover, congratulations new mayor, Mike Pantelides, I applaud you and am open to your concerns and new ideas for the betterment of the Annapolis community.