Voters trickled into polling places Tuesday in District 6 in Prince George’s County to cast their ballots in the special primary elections that will decide who competes to replace former Council Member Leslie Johnson.
Turnout was expected to be low.
Daneen Banks, the deputy administrator for the Prince George’s County Board of Elections, said 1,872 people, or three percent of the 69,065 voters in the District, had cast their ballots as of 11 a.m.
“We’ve had about 30 or 35 people,” said Margo Nelson, an election judge at Kettering Baptist Church in Mitchelleville around 10 a.m. “It’s slow. I’m hoping that folks will start coming out, but you know how it is. Folks don’t come out to vote unless they really support a particular person.”
On his way into the church holding campaign literature, Virgil Reavis, a Mitchelleville resident, said he planned to vote for Derrick L. Davis. “Mr. Davis seems to stand out,” Reavis said. “He is committed to the county’s growth and he’s committed to the well being of citizens.”
Meanwhile, Charles Wilson, a Mitchelleville resident, said “the one I liked most was (Mark) Polk.”
“The other people are hooked up with other administrations,” he said. “I look at that and I thought the good ‘ol boy network. We want somebody with an open mind and no strings attached.”
But Reavis said he considered Davis’s relationship with County Executive Rushern L. Baker III a plus.
“People question his relationship with the county executive, but Mr. Davis’sopinion is that that relationship is vital for getting things done.”