First they took back the White House. Then they surged to an overwhelming majority of the U.S. Senate. Just yesterday, they claimed Maryland’s 1st District Congressional seat.
Now it appears the Democrats have retained the Office of the President of the Aberdeen City Council. On Monday night, the Aberdeen City Council selected councilman Mike Hiob, Democrat, to serve as its president for the next year.
Sure, only 5 people could vote in this election (Aberdeen’s mayor and 4 city council members). Yes, the odds might have been stacked in their favor (no fewer than 3 of the 5 members are Democrats). Of course, Aberdeen municipal elections are (ostensibly) nonpartisan. True, Hiob won the presidency from another Democrat (councilwoman Ruth Elliott). Nevertheless, this is another win in a recent string of impressive victories for the Democratic Party.
The victory didn’t come without its perils, however. Hiob faced opposition from Elliott, who had unseated him as president just a year ealier. In the end, Hiob was once again crowned president by a vote of 4-1. Elliott cast the lone vote of dissent.