Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Prince George's Voters Replace Leslie Johnson With Derrick Leon Davis for Council

Yesterday, Prince George's County voters (a handful of them, at least), elected Democrat Derrick Leon Davis to the County Council's District 6 seat. The result shouldn't be surprising, as Maryland Juice previously noted that Mr. Davis was sweeping the local political endorsements. We also noted the circumstances leading to the Council vacancy:
The Prince George's Democrats are also likely to rally behind a single candidate to help them move past the incidents that gave rise to the special election. In 2010, Davis was bested by Leslie Johnson, wife of then County Executive Jack Johnson. As the Washington Post wrote, Johnson stepped down from the District 6 Council seat after facing criminal charges...
With the backing of County Executive Rushern Baker and area politicos, The Gazette reports that Mr. Davis won yesterday's Special General Election in a landslide:
Davis, who succeeded in his third bid for the seat, captured 91 percent of the vote in a lopsided race against Republican Day Gardner of Bowie in the overwhelmingly democratic district by running on an education-focused platform.... 
“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to grow up in Prince George’s County, to be a product of its public school system, to be involved in politics at a young age... 
Davis, the chairman of the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund and a former county public school system employee, said he will apply his education and business know-how — and a passion for bringing people together — to his new job.
Good luck to Mr. Davis!

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