Community activist Arthur A. Turner Jr., one of 14 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination for the Prince George’s County Council seat vacated by Leslie Johnson, picked up some endorsements Monday.
Prince George’s House Delegation Chair Melony Griffith and Delegate Carolyn J. B. Howard (Deputy Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates), County Council Chair Ingrid M. Turner (Bowie), who is not related to Arthur Turner; and County Council Member Karen R. Toles (Suitland) announced their support for Turner.
They joined former council member Sam Dean; House delegation vice chairman Michael Vaughn, and former Clerk of the Court Peggy Magee, who already announced they were backing Turner. All are Democrats. The group, along with other supporters, fanned out across the district Monday morning to hold Turner signs and wave to commuters.
In a statement, Griffith said Turner “has been tireless and unwavering in his work on behalf of District 6. As a resident of District 6 I have worked for nearly two decades with Turner on efforts to bring jobs and commercial offices to our county.”
The Democratic primary is Sept. 20. Only one Republican, Day Gardner, is running in the GOP primary set for the same day. The general election is scheduled for Oct. 18.
Only residents of District 6, which stretches from parts of District Heights to sections of Bowie and Upper Marlboro, are eligible to vote in the primary and general election.
Only one other Democratic candidate, Derrick Leon Davis, a former school system official, has received public support from elected officials, and county labor unions, including County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and several local lawmakers.