Bowie Mayor Tim Adams and Del. Brooke Lierman both ran for the Democratic nomination for Maryland comptroller. Adams on Wednesday conceded the race to Lierman. Photos courtesy of campaigns for Tim Adams and Brooke Lierman.

Bowie Mayor Tim Adams, who ran for the Democratic nomination to become Maryland’s next comptroller, has conceded the election to his opponent Del. Brooke Lierman.

In a statement Wednesday morning, Adams urged supporters to back Lierman and other Democratic candidates during the general election.

“Although this is not the result we hoped for, I want to congratulate Delegate Brooke Lierman on a well-fought campaign and victory,” Adams said. “Brooke is a skilled and thoughtful leader who is poised to break barriers as our first female Comptroller, and that should make all of us proud,” said Mayor Tim Adams. “We must now unite around Brooke and all our nominees to ensure Democratic victories up and down the ballot in November.”

As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 2035 of 2074 election day precincts have reported results. Of the votes counted so far – including early voting and election day votes – Lierman has earned a total of 227,552 votes (64.02%) while Adams has earned 127,901 votes (35.98%).

Election officials must wait until Thursday to start counting mail-in ballots because Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill passed by the state legislature that would have allowed mail-in ballots to be counted sooner.

Lierman will face off against Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, who ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the comptroller primary election, this November.

Adams thanked those who supported his campaign for comptroller, and said he will continue working towards improving equity and accountability for Maryland.

“I want to thank all of our campaign’s supporters, friends, and my family for marching with me as we set out to help create a more equitable Maryland,” he said. “Over the last year, I had the opportunity to talk to people in every corner of Maryland and felt inspired by our common goals of more equitable funding for our schools, holding corporations accountable, and doing more for hardworking families to thrive. As a Mayor and CEO, I will continue the work of creating opportunity for those left behind.”

On Twitter, Lierman commended Adams for the race he ran, as well as his work as mayor of Bowie.

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Marcus Dieterle

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