A two-term Republican incumbent lost his alderman's seat, and November's general election ballot was set for Annapolis aldermen and mayoral elections after yesterday's primaries.

The most fiercely contested race came in Ward 7, where Laura Townsend defeated incumbent Michael W. Fox, 109 to 74, in the Republican primary, according to unofficial results released last night.

Elections officials did not know the voter turnout last night but said it was predictably low for an election in which there were no primary challenges for mayor and only half the alderman seats were contested -- in Wards 1, 2 and 3, in addition to 7.

Fox, who was seeking his third term, came under attack for often tipping the Democratic mayor's way in 5 to 4 council votes.

Townsend will face write-in candidate Arlene Berlin in November.

In Ward 1, retired assistant attorney general Richard E. Israel beat public housing advocate Alice O. Johnson, 279 to 31, in the Democratic primary. In November, he'll face Republican Doug Burkhardt.

In Ward 2, the most crowded race, Debbie Rosen McKerrow, president of Chesapeake Estate Services, defeated Joseph "Zastro" Simms, 240 to 86, in the Democratic primary. She'll face Republican Michael Christman, a Naval Academy alumnus and software entrepreneur, who received 203 votes to David A. Hanson's 66 and Robert H. Eades's 6.

In Ward 3, first-term incumbent Classie Gillis Hoyle (D) easily held on to her seat despite a feisty challenge from Scott Bowling. There is no Republican challenger. For the remainder of the Nov. 8 ballot: Mayor Ellen O. Moyer will defend her seat against George O. Kelley Sr. (R) and independent Gilbert Renaut; Democrat Wayne Taylor will face Republican Tyrone Furman for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by Kelley; Ward 5 incumbent David H. Cordle Sr. (R) will face Democrat James R. Turner; Ward 6 incumbent Cynthia Carter (D) will defend against independent Julie M. Stankivic; and Ward 8 incumbent Joshua J. Cohen (D) will face Republican Regina Linton.