The County Council will have three members as a result of the 2014 primary elections. Mary Lehman (District 1), Andrea Harrision (District 5), Obie Patterson (District 8) and Mel Franklin (District 9) were unopposed, while Derrick Leon Davis and Karen Toles, who are both incumbents, ran away with their races. Davis won with more […]
The County Council will have three members as a result of the 2014 primary elections.
Mary Lehman (District 1), Andrea Harrision (District 5), Obie Patterson (District 8) and Mel Franklin (District 9) were unopposed, while Derrick Leon Davis and Karen Toles, who are both incumbents, ran away with their races. Davis won with more than 71 percent in the District 6 race while Toles won the District 7 race with more than 67 percent of the vote.
The closest race was in District 2 where Doyle Niemann led Deni Taveras by less than 1 percent as late as of Wednesday morning with 50.2 percent of the vote. Niemann had more early votes, but Taveras got more votes on election day. Results are not official until absentee ballots are counted.
“I’m optimistic [about winning],” said Niemann. “I spent the entire day at the biggest precinct in the district and we had a very positive turnout.”
In District 3, Dannielle Glaros destroyed the competition.
Glaros beat Terence D. Collins and Jim Wildoner with 78 percent. Glaros attributed the win to interpersonal campaigning, which included knocking on more than 1,200 doors and putting up more than 600 yard signs.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to win. It’s a real honor and a vote of confidence by the residents,” said Glaros. “There are a lot of infrastructure needs in the community and a lot of work to be done to bring the development of the metro station and bring the purple line to fruition.”
Glaros currently serves as chief of staff for District 3 councilmember Eric Olson.
“She was the clear choice to represent this district because she runs the office like a team,” said Olson. “She knows how to get things done: she has vision, she solves problems, she’s very compassionate and she looks at things holistically.”
Bowie City Councilman Todd Turner easily defeated Vince Canales in a race for the Prince George’s County Council District 4 in the June 24 primary election.
Turner had a 29 point lead on Canales as of Wednesday morning, winning 64.6 percent of the vote.
Turner said he wants to continue the legacies left behind by previous councilmen.
“I’ve always called this a continuation of the good legacy of leadership that we’ve had in the fourth council district,” Turner said. “I’ve been a part of that in the periphery. So now, I’m going to have to continue that leadership.”
Turner said he wanted to establish a connection with the voters before the election, and his large margin of victory shows his strategy worked.
“It was simply getting out to those areas that I haven’t represented before,” Turner said. “I knocked on over 5,000 doors individually, over the last year, of potential voters.”
Turner said he wants his time in office to be about the citizens of his district and not about himself.
“I try to emulate the good things, about why officials serve and the public aspect,” Turner said. “I try to forget those bad things and those things that you start thinking about, like, the position being about me and what I want as opposed to what the public wants.”
Turner’s wife, Anita, said she is very proud of her husband.
“He has been doing extremely hard work over the last year,” Anita said. “He’s going to continue to do as good a job on the county council as he does on the city council.”