SEABROOK – Former Councilmember Jeffrey Schomisch has won the town election to become the new mayor of Landover Hills on May 14.
Schomisch received 40 votes while incumbent Lee P. Walker only received 24 votes.
Before his election, Schomisch, 32, served as a member of the town council for six years, representing Ward 2. According to his online biography, he is an alum of Suitland High School and is currently in a graduate program at the University of Maryland.
“I was instrumental in getting an electric vehicle charging station in town at no cost through the Electric Vehicle Institute as well as 10 pet waste stations through the county’s Pet Waste Management Initiative,” Schomisch said in a campaign statement. “Landover Hills was one of the first Prince George’s Communities to take advantage of that program.”
During his campaign, he pitched having Landover Hills turn into a certified “Sustainable Maryland” community while seeking more funding for infrastructure and amenities for the town.
“For instance, the town needs to be heavily involved with county plans for a multi-generational community recreational center in our area to ensure the center meets the needs of our residents,” Schomisch said. “I also want to improve communications between the mayor, council and town staff and streamline town procedures.”
Walker served as the mayor of the town since 1995. According to his town biography, Walker was very involved in the community by being the former president of the Parents Teacher and Students Association and a charter member of the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly.
Because he contested in the mayoral election, Schomisch’s Ward Two seat in the town council was also open for re-election. However, there were no candidates running for the council seat that were listed on the ballot. On Election Day, Schomisch still received the highest number of write-in votes (11) for the role.
His election to mayor allowed Schomisch to decline the nomination, causing the Ward Two seat to go the next write-in candidate, which was Christopher Shelton. He won with just one vote.
In the town council races, incumbent Ward One Councilmember Jeannette Ripley won re-election in an uncontested race. Two new candidates, Rommel Pazmino and Todd Over, battled over a vacant Ward Three seat. In the end, Pazmino was elected by three votes (10-7). All the election winners will be sworn in during a ceremony on May 20.
In University Park, all incumbent councilmembers running for re-election won in unopposed races. Councilmembers Joe Schultz (Ward Two), Linda Verrill (Ward Four), David Caskey (Ward Five) and Martha Wells (Ward Six) were re-elected and received a portion of the 85 total votes cast the election. Only two write-in votes were submitted.