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Prince George's Council Seat Election Dates

Rosalind Helderman

Voters in Prince George's council district 5 will go to the polls April 1 and May 6 for a special election -- a primary followed by the a general election -- to fill the council seat vacated left vacant by David C. Harrington (D-Cheverly).

The Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee chose Harrington to fill the senate seat that opened with the January death of Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D). Harrington has since resigned from the council and been sworn in to his new position in Annapolis.

Potential candidates are already have been lining up to replace him fill the vacancy, but by yesterday, none had filed paperwork with the Prince George's Board of Elections. Monday, Harrington aide Andrea Fletcher Harrison announced she is running for the seat. Harrison, a Largo resident who grew up in Glenarden, if the daughter of former council member James C. Fletcher, Jr.

Tonight, Adrion Howell, a lobbyist who used to serve as County Executive Jack B. Johnson's liaison to the council, will announce he too is running. According to Howell, his event's MC will be former U.S. Senate candidate and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. Howell started his political career as an intern in Mfume's office and refers to him as his "political mentor."

Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz has also confirmed he will run for the seat. School Board member Patricia J. Fletcher has said she is thinking about running as well.

Candidates have until 9 p.m., March 4 to file with the Board of Elections if they are interested in running.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 20, 2008; 1:42 PM ET
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How fitting that they picked April Fools Day for the Primary in this special election.

Posted by: PG Watchdog | February 20, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The last thing we need is another F.O.J. on the Council. The time has come to begin removing Jack Johnson from County government, not installing more Friends of Jack.

Therefore, anyone but Adrion Howell.

Posted by: PG'er | February 20, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Sierra Club has begun an endorsement process, and, after interviews, we will endorse the candidate with the strongest knowledge and track record in environmental protection.

Posted by: Chip Reilly | February 22, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The Sierra Club has endorsed Adam Ortiz.
The reasons for our support to Ortiz are shown at our web site:

301 277 7111

Posted by: Chip Reilly | March 8, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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