Prince George's Council Candidates
The filing date to run for the County Council seat left vacant with former chairman David C. Harrington's elevation to the state senate has now passed, and five candidates have formally stated they will run.
They are: former Harrington opponent Theresa Mitchell Dudley, former Harrington aide Andrea Harrison, former Johnson staffer Adrion J. Howell, former school board candidate Sherry James-Strother and Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz.
James-Strother, a nurse and county employee, ran for school board in 2006.
After much speculation that she would run for a vacant seat on the County Council, school board member Patricia J. Fletcher (District 3) said last week that has decided not to enter the race. Announcing a run would have required her to resign her seat on the Board of Education, with no guarantee of victory in the race.
Earlier, Fletcher acknowledged that she was giving the campaign a lot of thought. But in a telephone interview Friday, Fletcher said the county was "on the brink of having a breakthrough for our children," and thought that she would be deserting her post prematurely if she chose to run.
"I made a commitment to the children of Prince George's County," Fletcher said. "My work is not yet done as a board member."
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. The vacancy was created after the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee chose Harrington to fill the senate seat left open with the January death of Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D).
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