Howell Snags More Endorsements
The endorsements continue coming in the District 5 Council race in Prince George's County.
Consultant Adrion J. Howell, who already picked up support from former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, has been endorsed by several other county politicians. Howell said he has received the backing of Del. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Prince George's), Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George's), District Heights Mayor James L. Walls Jr., Capitol Heights Mayor Darrell A. Miller and Bladensburg City Council members Chris Mendoza and Walter George.
Walls serves as president of the Maryland Black Mayors Association and Miller as the group's vice president.
Ivey said she backed Howell after closely examining the resumes of each candidate. She said she believed Howell's experience on Capitol Hill, where he served as an aide to Mfume, would be a particular benefit to the council's legislative work.
"The combination of his personal experience and his personality will make him represent his constituents well, listen to his constituents and be able to talk to other members of the council and be a good advocate," she said.
Howell said he has also received support from the political action committee of the Prince George's County Association of Realtors.
He has not been formally endorsed by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), for whom he once worked, but several top Johnson aides are also backing his effort.
Voters in District 5 will go to the polls April 1 for a primary and May 6 for a general election. The vacancy was created when the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee chose former council chairman David C. Harrington (D) to fill the Senate seat left open by the January death of Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D).
Other candidates in the race include middle school teacher Theresa Mitchell Dudley, former Harrington aide Andrea Harrison, Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz and public health nurse Sherry James-Strother.
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