Doyle Niemann concedes to Deni Taveras after primary for Pr. George’s council seat

Maryland Del. Doyle L. Niemann officially conceded the tight Prince George’s County Council Democratic primary race to Deni Taveras, to whom he lost by six votes.

Niemann’s announcement on Wednesday capped a protracted post-election. The well-known lawmaker requested a recount late last week after the county’s Board of Elections spent more than two weeks tallying all remaining provisional and absentee ballots.

Representatives for both candidates oversaw Saturday’s recount, which was done by hand, but the board rejected arguments from Niemann’s attorney that its staff erred when they discounted about two dozen provisional ballots.

The contest was too close to call on Election Day. Niemann initially seemed to have the lead with about a handful of votes, but as late votes were counted, Taveras moved ahead by the same margin.

In the end, the recount did not change the results, officials said. First-time candidate Taveras, who focused her campaign on reaching newly registered and Latino voters, was affirmed the winner of the Democratic Party nomination for the District 2 seat.

“I plan no further action,” Niemann said. “My congratulations to Deni. She worked very hard.”

For her part, Taveras said she understood why her opponent wanted to verify the results but added that she remained confident throughout the process.

“I was calm about the whole situation,” she said. Taveras is unopposed in November’s general election.

If elected, she will become the first Hispanic woman to serve on the council, following outgoing council member William A. Campos. He was the first Latino to hold the seat.

Arelis Hernández covers Prince George’s County as part of The Washington Post's local staff.
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