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Anne Bartlett

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.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 19, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
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I look at these endorsements and the only thing that gives me any idea of who stands where on the issues is the endorsement of the Realtors. There is no mention of anything anybody wants to do for the voters. What is in this election, not for the politicians, but for the voters. For example, in Montgomery County, the issue is property tax relief. Mark Fennel is the only candidate who has pledged to stick to the charter property tax limit. That limit has just been exceeded by the County Executive, who will surely exceed it the next two years as well. What is in this P.G. race for the voters who have just had increases in sales, computer, income, car and corporate taxes as well as hikes in Metro, water and electricity bills in a recession where the stock market tanked another 300 pts today?

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | March 19, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It is very interesting to see who is lining-up behind Jack Johnson and his buddy Adrion Howell. Howell, who moved into the district to run this race, is a long-time Friend of Jack. We have had enough of Friends of Jack. Jack and his buddies have ruined this County as their personal wealth builder and we will spend years digging-out of this mess. It's funny to see Ivey on this bandwagon. Endorsing a Friend of Jack must be posturing for her husband's run for County Executive. Strange bedfellows indeed.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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