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Service Employees Back Ortiz in Prince George's

Anne Bartlett

The Service Employees International Union 1199, which represents workers in the Prince George's Hospital system, has endorsed Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz for the District.5 County Council seat.

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).

SEIU, which represents 1,700 nurses and other workers in the hospital system, has expanded its reputation in recent months since it provided strong support for congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards in her upstart -- and successful -- effort to defeat 15-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D).

Ebs Burnough, the union's political director, said the group is still deciding how much to spend on the race. But he said that members will be out in force to make their endorsement known to voters, knocking on doors and talking to voters.

"He was good on the issues," Burnough said. "He's a very bright and charismatic guy. We felt like he was really a change, a breath of fresh air that I think the council definitely needs."

Ortiz faces a crowded field of candidates for the seat, including former Harrington opponent Theresa Mitchell Dudley, former Harrington aide Andrea Harrison, former county executive staff member Adrion J. Howell and public health nurse Sherry James-Strother.

Harrison has received Harrington's endorsement. Dudley, a teacher, has the support of the Prince George's County Educator's Association.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 18, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
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Good work SEIU. Ruffle Feathers.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | March 19, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

I have read and met Mr. Ortiz. He is young, charismatic, HONEST, has common sense did I say HONEST. Time for a change- let's keep riding the change wave. Perphaps, Prince George's will finally have good people governing. Did I say HONEST?

Posted by: tanishab | March 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Adam Ortiz would be a great change on the council. If you are tired of the same "political bureacrats" vote for Adam Ortiz and let's get this County moving in the right direction. VOTE and SUPPORT ADAM ORTIZ on April 1, 2008!

Posted by: Arelis A. Pérez | March 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I strongly support Mayor Ortiz in his bid for the council. I've been in public service for over 12 years and strongly believe that Mayor Ortiz would be an incredible asset, not only because of his track record and what he has done for Edmonston, but also because he will bring new energy and enthusiasm.

Posted by: Abraham F. Carpio | March 19, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

WAIT! Before you vote for Adam, think about the ramifications. You'd send someone to Upper Marlboro who would not abuse a county credit card, who thinks about constituents more than himself, who would say one thing and then stick to it. Someone who cares about creating a community, not an undesirable use for a campaign contributor. Someone who does not find jobs for unqualified fraternity brothers. Someone with a track record of accomplishment.

If we send Adam Ortiz to Upper Marlboro, the rest of the jesters will really look like fools in comparison. Is that what we want?

(Yes, this is blatant sarcasm.)


Posted by: PG'er | March 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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