Several well-known Prince George’s politicians on Tuesday endorsed Derrick Leon Davis, a former school system official who is running for the Democratic nomination for the county council seat vacated by Leslie Johnson.
Former county executive Wayne K. Curry (D) joined several other elected officials for the official endorsement, including County Council members; State Sen. Joanne C. Benson; and Dels. Barbara Frush, Veronica Turner and Jolene Ivey. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Del. Dereck Davis (no relation) and council member Mel Franklin, who had already said they were backing Davis, also attended. All are Democrats.
The Democratic and Republican primaries are Sept. 20, and the general election is set for Oct. 18. Fourteen Democrats and one Republican are vying for the seat.
“We support Derrick Leon Davis for the good of the county – to reestablish our credibility. We’re doing it to create the jobs that will make this county the economic engine that it should be. He is the future of Prince George’s County. He will help move us forward,” Baker said.
The county’s top prosecutor, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who was unable to attend the endorsement, said in a statement that she was backing Davis because of his “decades of experience, nuanced understanding of the issues and track record of getting things done.”
Only residents of District 6, which stretches from parts of District Heights to sections of Bowie and Upper Marlboro, will be able to vote in the primary and general election.