Four Prince George’s County municipalities are choosing mayors and council members this month in local elections for the part-time posts.
In Bowie, College Park and Greenbelt, voters will head to the polls Tuesday to pick municipal leaders who have debated the best way for each city to grow. The third city, Laurel, chose its mayor and council earlier this week.
Bowie, with more than 54,000 residents, is one of Maryland’s largest cities. Its incumbent Mayor G. Frederick Robinson is running unopposed, as is District 1 council member James Marcos.
Two council members, Dennis Brady and Todd Turner, are giving up their district seats on the council to seek the two citywide at-large seats. James Bell is also seeking one of the at-large seats.
In District 1, incumbent Diane Polangin is seeking a third term, facing Piero “Pete” Mellits, who lost to Polangin two years ago. In District 3, at-large Council member Henri Gardner is running for the District 3 seat. Gardner has held office since being appointed to the seat in January. He faces challenger Babatunde Alegbeleye.
In District 4, Council member Isaac C. Trouth III, is seeking a third term, and faces a challenge from Carl Brown.
Members serve two-year terms.
In Greenbelt, which has about 24,000 residents, the seven incumbents are seeking reelection to the city council in an eight-way race: Judith Davis, currently serving as mayor; Emmett Jordan, the mayor pro tem: Konrad Herling; Leta Mach; Edward Putens; Rodney Roberts; and Silke Pope. William A. Orleans is also vying for one of the council seats. The mayor and mayor pro tem are selected by the council following the election. Members serve two-year terms.
Greenbelt was a New Deal community founded in 1937 as a public cooperative.
In both cities, debate has focused on redevelopment, crime, and ways to broaden the local tax bases by luring new businesses.
The city of College Park is electing a mayor and eight council members. Mayor Andrew M. Fellows is running unopposed. In District 1, S.M. Fazlul Kabir is seeking one of two council seats held by Christine L. Nagle and Patrick L. Wojahn, who both are seeking reelection. In District 3, Robert W. Day Sr., Robert J. McCeney and incumbent Stephanie E. Stullich are vying for two seats. In Districts 2 and 4, two candidates each are vying for two seats in each district.
All the municipal elections are nonpartisan contests.
In Laurel, a city of about 23,000, voters earlier this week reelected Mayor Craig Moe and at-large council member Michael Lesczc. Four others ran unopposed for the council.