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Harrison Joins Prince George's Council

Rosalind Helderman

A crowd of well-wishers, family and elected officials turned out in Prince George's today to watch Springdale-resident Andrea Harrison (D) take the oath of office as the newest member of the County Council.

Harrison, a life-long resident of the district, swore the oath administered by Clerk of the Circuit Court Peggy Magee. In brief remarks, Harrison said she would "continue to engage, to educate and to empower, as it relates to county government, so that every citizen can be an active change agent in his or her community."

Then, in a touching moment, the crowd formally rededicated a tree that had been planted outside the County Administration Building in memory of Harrison's father, James C. Fletcher Jr, who held the same council seat until he died unexpectedly in office in 1994.

Council Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchell) called Harrison's election a "history making event," noting she is the second woman to succeed her father into Prince George's elected office. Council Member Camille Exum (D) is the daughter of State Sen. Nathaniel Exum, who attended the ceremony.

In an interview, Harrison said she could remember attending her father's own swearing-in and how excited she had been then. "I remember doing a lot of smiling," she said. Harrison said she plans to hang a photo in her new office of her father sitting in same office, her mother standing behind him.

Harrison said she is now ready to leap into council business, including weighty issues that will arise quickly, like a scheduled vote tomorrow on a proposal by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to raise taxes and another Wednesday on his proposed budget.

Also in attendance was Harrison's predecessor, state Sen. David C. Harrington (D), whose departure from the council to fill a vacant senate seat forced the special election that Harrison won. Harrison had worked in Harrington's council office and he predicted she would be "outstanding" as a council member. "She knows the process. She knows her way around," Harrington said.

Both Harrington and Exum had endorsed Harrison for the job before the April 1 Democratic primary. Also in attendance--former County Executive Wayne K. Curry, former state Sen. Tommie Broadwater and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George's)

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2008; 5:36 PM ET
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Welcome to the machine. Mrs Harrison

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