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County exec field in Pr. George's appears to be smaller by one

What had long been a six-way race to succeed Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) now appears to have only five participants. The filing deadline for candidates in September's primary election was July 6, and council member Tony Knotts was not on the list.

Knotts (D-Temple Hills), in his final year on the council because of term limits,told The Post last year that he was running for county executive because he is "the best person for the job, and really, Prince George's County has a lot of political challenges."

Knotts did not immediately respond to calls and an e-mail Friday. Here is his campaign site.

Former Del. Rushern L. Baker III; County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson; Del. Gerron S. Levi (D-Prince George's); council member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville); and Henry C. Turner Jr., chairman of the Veteran's Commission for Prince George's County, all registered for the September primary.

Knotts was recently named in a civil law suit alleging that he tried to shake down a developer for campaign contributions in exchange for helping to get approval of a county-funded office lease. The Maryland state prosecutor's office has since launched an investigation into the allegations in the suit, which involve several other county officials.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  July 9, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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This is so irritating to keep hearing about political corruption. Too often this goes unrecognized. Post needs be more critical of these political thugs.

Posted by: thelongblueline | July 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Prince George's County should not have political corruption as an issue. We have budget issues that are very serious. There are more candidates that should drop out of the race too.

Posted by: theotherside2 | July 12, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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