By: José Umaña and Jessica Ricks
SEABROOK – Ten municipalities throughout Prince George’s County held elections to fill seats in their corresponding local governments. Here are the results from the May 6 election day:
Ward Two election results in District Heights
For this year’s election for the City of District Heights, the only council position up for election was the commissioner of Ward 2. The candidates for this position were Carolyn Blake and incumbent Pamela Janifer.
Janifer has lived in District Heights for 18 years and has served in several roles in addition to the District Heights council. She worked for the federal government for 35 years and has participated in community service activities such as The District Heights Youth Empowerment Program.
The race was close, but Blake won the position with a total of 156 votes while Janifer received 137 votes. She will serve alongside Mayor Eddie Martin and Commissioners Harryette Irving, Johnathan Medlock and Cynthia Miller.
Town Council finally filled in Brentwood
The Town of Brentwood will officially have a full council moving forward following the May 6 election.
The council has been short a member since the resignation of council member Gina Morlan in late December. The top four out of five candidates in the election would become members of the council. Current members Tonya Y. Harrison (65 votes) and Jerry L. Burgess (59) were reelected with as two of the top four vote-getters to retain their seats.
They will be joined by Marcus Monroe, who had the second-most amount of votes during the election (60) and Alicia Tarr, who accumulated 57 votes. Ann Wells had the lowest total number of votes with 27 and will not be joining the council.
Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez won reelection after winning an unopposed race. She will be selecting a new vice mayor out of the four council members at the start of the new term according to city officials.
Cheverly votes in new Mayor
Ward 1 Councilmember Laila Riazi has been voted in to become the next Mayor for the Town of Cheverly. Riazi, who has been a councilmember since 2010, received 904 votes over Ward 6 representative Elizabeth MacKenzie’s 637 votes.
During her campaign, Riazi promised to bring “positive energy” into the role if elected to replace Michael Callahan. Her previous work as the director of Development for Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CCSI) and experience as part of the town council will make the transition into the leadership role easier for town residents.
“Cheverly truly is an extraordinary town—not because we are perfect—but because of the way we engage the challenges before us and create opportunities for all of us,” Riazi said on a Facebook statement. “We are a loving, engaged and vibrant community— rooted in kindness and growing into our future. I am looking forward to the journey as your mayor, and the work ahead with all of you.”
In other election results, all but two wards will have new representatives heading into the next term. Eric Radloff defeated Giselle Richards with 228 votes to become the new Ward 1 councilmember while Micah Watson edged out incumbent Dana Hallman by six votes to become the new representative of Ward 2.
Nicole Bryner and Amy Fry won their elections to become the representatives for wards 3 and 6, respectively. Councilmembers Kayce Simmons Munyeneh (Ward 4) and Jenny Garcia (Ward 5) retained their seats by winning their races.
An At-Large change in Cottage City
Danielle Urey accumulated 66 percent of the vote to become the new Commissioner-At-Large for Cottage City. Urey finished her campaign with 60 votes with her nearest challenger, Sheila Butler, only able to gather together 24 votes. Danika Pinkney finished in third with seven votes. Urey will replace Natashia Davis as the town’s Commisioner At-Large.
Ward 1 Commissioner Ann Young ran unopposed during this election cycle.
Fairmount Heights Town Council had few changes
A few council members, including the town’s mayor, were up for election in the town of Fairmount Heights during their 2019 election. Lillie Thompson-Martin was reelected mayor of the city. She began serving on the town council in 1990 after her run as secretary of the town’s Civic Association. She was elected as mayor of the town in 2003.
Meanwhile, Patricia Waiters and Patricia Ukkundo’ Oohwaka were elected to return as town council members. Ukkundo’ Oohwaka was first elected to the town council in 2009. Prior to serving on the town council, she was also a part of the Fairmount Heights Civic Association as well as the town’s elections board.
Glenn Morris was elected as a new councilmember for the town. He, along with Waiters and Ukkundo’ Oohwaka, will join returning council members Stella Hargrove and Jacequeline Morgan on the town council.
Incumbents win in Morningside
For the Town of Morningside, all incumbents won the election. Mayor Bernard Cann, who was elected in 2016, will continue to serve for another three-year term.
He was elected to the Morningside Town Council in 2013 and soon after was appointed as vice mayor which he served as for two years. In addition to serving as Mayor of Morningside, he is also an active public servant in other positions as Treasurer for the Maryland Mayor’s Association and Vice Chair for the Maryland Municipal League annual conference.
Vice Mayor Bradley Wade and Councilmember Todd Mullins were up for reelection and won to continue to serve in their positions.
Mullins, an Alexandria, Virginia native, has been on the town council since 2012 since he served the remainder of Councilmember Kline’s term. In his time on the town council, he has been active in working with the Department of Public Works and has overseen the town’s grant writing.
Wade, who has lived in Morningside for most of his life, has also worked with the Department of Public works to improve safety of the town and has been working with the Mayor and council to improve events around the town.
Benitez retains seat in Mount Rainier
City Councilmember Celina Benitez received 281 votes to retain her seat as the Ward 1 representative in the Mount Rainier City Council. Her opponent, Charnette Robinson, only received 109 votes in a losing effort. In a statement following her victory, Benitez thanked her supporters, her family and other local and county elected officials for supporting her reelection.
“Thank you for all the support, wishes, prayer, positive thoughts, door knocking, meet and greats, donations, willingness open your door and share with us,” Benitez said. “This was truly done by working together as a community; we keep demonstrating that together we are stronger.”
Ward 2 will have a new councilmember representative as Scott Cecil ran unopposed and racked up 137 votes for the predetermined victory. He will be replacing Shivali Shah and join Bryan Knedler as the two-person representation for the area in the city council.
North Brentwood Mayor Robinson reelected
Mayor Petrella Robinson and Councilman Aaron Baynes were the only elected officials from the town of North Brentwood up for election.
Robinson, who has been the Mayor of North Brentwood since 2007, will serve another term. She has been active in the town for over 20 years as she served on the town council for Ward 1 from 1982 to 1992 and was clerk of the town from 1999 to 2007. In addition to serving as mayor of North Brentwood, she has been a member of a number of other organizations such as The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council and The National Conference of Black Mayors.
New Carrollton gives councilmembers another term
All three councilmembers that were up for reelections in New Carrollton, Lincoln Lashley, Sarah Potter Robbins and Steven John, defeated their lone challenger, Mohamed Athie, and several write-in candidates to be given another two-year term.
The three incumbent councilmembers combined for 599 votes (79.8 percent) that were cast in the election. Lashley, who is the vice chair for the city council, earned the most support in the whole election with 226 votes with Mayor Pro-Tem Potter Robbins accumulating the second most. She finished with 200 votes in her favor.
Athie, the only challenger that was on the official ballot, only received 91 votes which were 82 ballots behind his nearest rival (John). There were eight write-in votes including former councilmember Katarina Dodro, who lost in the mayoral election in 2018, and Marilyn Padmore of Longbranch Drive. Padmore had 54 write-in votes, the most out of any non-ballot candidate.
Unopposed races fill Riverdale Park’s council
Most of the candidates from Riverdale Park were up for and won their reelection. Alan Thompson will continue to serve as the mayor of Riverdale Park. Marsha Dixon will serve as the councilmember overseeing Ward 1 while, Spiro Dimakas lost in his challenge against incumbent Aaron Faulx for Ward 2. David Lingua will oversee Ward 3, Christopher Henry will oversee Ward 4, Colleen Richardson will oversee Ward 5 and Hala Myers will oversee Ward 6.
Each candidate ran unopposed for this election and almost every candidate was up for reelection. Dimakas received a total of 33 votes, after Faulx who received 106 votes and will serve as council member for Ward 2.