Prince George’s Central Committee approved a resolution Tuesday, Sept. 25 to donate $6,000 to the campaign for gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, with less than six weeks left until the general election.
The donation comes just one day prior to Jealous and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan held the only gubernatorial debate at Maryland Public Television. Hogan has a signification cash advantage over Jealous with more than 20 times the amount in his campaign and from the Republican Governors Association.
Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan, who represents state legislative District 22 on the committee, asked if more money could go toward the Jealous campaign.
By law, chairwoman Cheryl Landis said the committee can only donate up to $6,000.
“I think the most important thing is not always about the money — human resources [are] just as important,” Landis said at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 in Upper Marlboro. “We need to increase the amount of participation that we have on the field.”
The committee will invest in campaign signs to place throughout the county with a group photo of Jealous, running mate Susan Turnbull and other fellow Democrats.
It’s anticipated Jealous would easily win Prince George’s in the Nov. 6 election due to the overwhelming number of Democrats. However, two recent polls showed that Hogan has a double-digit leads statewide and that residents believe Maryland “is heading in the right direction.”
Theresa Mitchell Dudley, the committee’s first vice chair, urged colleagues and those in attendance to help distribute some of the 10,000 Jealous informational cards to voters throughout the county.
With early voting starting Oct. 25, “we don’t have a lot of time here,” she said.
As part of the resolution, the committee will not endorse nonpartisan candidates, or those in school board race, during this year’s general election.
Those who spoke at the meeting thanked the committee.
“I do appreciate that … but I hope in the future this be included in the bylaws,” said Wala Blegay, who helped pushed an initiative to remove the phrase “official sample ballot” from campaign literature during the primary election.
Deidre Henry-Spires, who’s running as a write-in candidate for a state delegate in District 26, was the only person to inquire about the sample ballot confusion. Her and other residents said the word “official” on campaign literature mailed to some Democratic households and distributed at polling places during the primary deceived voters.
“I hope at the next meeting there will be a continuation of that conversation,” she said. “That’s something that really needs to be addressed so we may have a democracy this county deserves.”
Landis said the topic hasn’t gone away. She explained how the current committee has held only three meetings so far and conducted other timely business such as an upcoming fundraiser and campaigning in general election.
“The issue is still on the table for us to consider,” she said. “Just know that progress is slow. We are working towards progress and it is something we have to do together.”
The ballot controversy created dissension among some Prince George’s Democrats unsatisfied with those affiliated with county leadership.
Tamara Davis Brown, a lawyer and activist, has pursued a write-in campaign for the County Council District 9 seat. She lost by 55 votes in the Democratic primary to Sydney Harrison, the clerk of the county clerk and a member of the central committee.
Bruce Johnson, an attorney with offices in Bowie and Clinton, has posted campaign signs throughout the county as a write-in candidate for the state’s attorney’s office against Aisha Braveboy.
Braveboy, a former state delegate, received various endorsements from Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Maryland), the FOP and Sheriff Melvin High, won the Democratic nomination in this year’s primary with nearly 63 percent of the vote.
“It is a little disconcerting she has never tried a single case in Upper Marlboro courthouse and overseeing  trail attorneys,” Johnson said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “It disconcerting to know that the establishment cares so little about the safety of our citizens with some political agenda.”
Braveboy couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.
State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks easily won the Democratic nomination for county executive and currently has no challengers in the Nov. 6 general election.