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Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Dean backs Turner for Johnson’s seat

Sam Dean, a former Prince George’s council member who held the seat now occupied by Leslie Johnson (D), has endorsed community activist Arthur Turner (D) in the Democratic primary to replace Johnson.

Dean said Monday in an interview that Turner, whom he has known for 15 years, “is the best candidate ... he has a track record and has demonstrated integrity.”

Johnson (D) pleaded guilty June 30 to destruction of evidence in a far-reaching public corruption probe that also ensnared her husband, former county executive Jack B. Johnson (D). Leslie Johnson will step down from the council July 31, and primaries and a special election will be held within 90 days. Jack Johnson is to be sentenced Sept. 15; Leslie Johnson is to be sentenced Oct. 13.

The Post previously reported that Dean had taken himself out of the running for the Democratic nomination, but he said Monday that many people still thought he was a candidate for his old seat. He had not been able to run because of term limits, but because Johnson had occupied the seat since December, it appeared that Dean could have been eligible to run again.

Also running for the Democratic nomination are former county schools official Derrick Leon Davis and social worker Venus Bethea. Davis is expected to win support from County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) later this summer.

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