Elections held in Prince George’s municipalities
By Hamil R. Harris,
The towns of Brentwood and Edmonston have new mayors and the city of New Carrollton will have new council members after voters in 10 small Prince George’s municipalities went to the polls Monday night.
Community activist Roger E. Rudder beat a late write-in challenge by former mayor Betty Jean Schmiedigen to become the new mayor. Rudder received 168 votes.
Two incumbents and two newcomers won seats on the Town Council. The winners are Ada E. Brooks, 148 votes; Anecka Harrison, 149; Regina Morlan, 157; and Nina Marie Young, 149.
Former mayor Xzavier Montgomery-Wright withdrew her reelection bid just before a candidates’ forum, where she was expected to be questioned about obtaining a debit card that allowed her to tap into the town’s budget to pay her $7,000 telephone bill.
Incumbent Laila Riazi received 95 votes to Preston White’s 16 for the Ward 1 council seat. Mary Jane Coolen won the Ward 2 race with 120 votes, followed by Rachel Audi, 70, John LeGloahec, 76, and John Dotson, 1.
Roswell Eldridge was the only candidate on the ballot for the Ward 3 seat. He got 45 votes.
In Ward 4, David Thorp won with 91 votes. Fred Price Jr. got 14, and Steven Johnson received one.
In Ward 6, Carolyn Cook received 49 votes to defeat Velinda Mays, who got 25 votes.
Two seats on the five-member commission were up for grabs. In Ward 1, incumbent Aileen McChesney was unopposed with 90 votes. In the at-large race, Richard Cote — appointed after his predecessor resigned — lost to challenger Demetrius Givens 85 to 53.
Two of the four commission seats were in contention, but Ward 1’s Jack Sims was unopposed, and in Ward 2, Eddie L. Martin was unopposed.
Robert Kerns got 94 votes, defeating Elizabeth McCauley, with 29, to become mayor. Kerns replaces Mayor Adam Ortiz.
Willie Thompson Martin outlasted a crowded field to become mayor with 88 votes. Others in the race included Patricia Waiters with 62 votes, Jacqueline Wood-Dodson with 37, Ukkundo Oohwaka collecting 24 and Nancy Dixon Saxon at 22.
The three seats on the Town Council went to the three top vote-getters: Kevin Downing, 129; Harry Saunders, 114; and Aaron Wilson, 121. The other candidates were Nathaniel Mines Jr., who received 94, R. Dean Cooks, 89, and Madeline Richardson, 88.
In the mayoral race, incumbent Gail Parker Carter received 214 votes to Donjuan Williams’s 204.
In the at-large council race, Maxine Phifer got 245 votes to slip past Celestine E. Wilson, who received 236.
The Ward 1 council seat went to Carolyn Smallwood with 127 votes; James Hearing had 92 and Marshall Peeks, 80. In Ward 2, Elaine Carter had 48 votes and Margaret Dade, 43. In Ward 3, Jennifer Jenkins won with 116, besting Judy C. Diggs’s 51 votes.
Two of the four council seats were up for grabs in the close race. The top two vote-getters were Kevin Kline, with 45, and James Ealey, with 43. The others in the race included Sheila Scott, who had 41 votes, and Todd Mullins, who received 28.
The top three candidates who won seats on the City Council were Lisa Fenton, 243 votes, James Wildoner, 271, and James Garrett, 254. Richard Bechtold received 233.
Mayor Petrella Robinson was reelected without opposition. In addition, council member Aaron Baynes was reelected.
Mayor Vernon Archer was reelected without opposition, as were six members of the town council, who also had no opponents.