The Fairmount Heights Municipal Building (seen here) served as the polling site of the Prince George's County town's May 1 municipal election. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
The Fairmount Heights Municipal Building (seen here) served as the polling site of the Prince George's County town's May 1 municipal election. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Prince George’s County voters chose to retain some current officials and elect some new ones during last week’s municipal elections.

Thirteen of the 27 county’s municipalities held local races. Eleven of the 13 contests took place May 1 and the other two in Hyattsville and University Park took place Tuesday.

According to unofficial results, here are the winners:


The state of Maryland and town of Brentwood’s first Latina elected as mayor in 2015 ran unopposed for second, two-year term.

Three of the four council members retained their seats: Tonya Harrison, Regina Morlan and Victor Olano. Jerry L. Burgess, who received the most votes with 169, will replace former Council member  Jeffrey F. Clark who got the fewest votes on the ballot.

A swearing-in ceremony took place a day after the election.

Residents also approved a measure allowing council members to receive a monthly salary increase from $225 to $400 per month and $300 to $500 for the mayor.


Three new faces will join the six-member Cheverly Town Council, including Julian Ivey, the son of former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glen Ivey.

Ivey, a 21-year-old junior studying government and politics at the University of Maryland in College Park, won the open seat in Ward 2 with 220 votes, outpacing challenger Nicholas D’Angelo’s 133 votes.

Ivey, who served as a delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders at last year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, will work alongside fellow incomers Jenny Garcia and Elizabeth MacKenzie, who now represent Wards 5 and 6, respectively.

All new and re-elected council members will be sworn in Thursday.

Cottage City

Two new commissioners will join the five-member board this year in one of the four communities known as the “Port Towns,” where a portion of the Anacostia River flows.

In Ward 1, Ann Marshall Young received 100 votes over against Aldophus Edwards who got 21 votes.

Natashia Davis beat out two other challengers to receive 98 votes for the at-large seat.

Each commissioner serves a two-year term.
The town’s swearing-in ceremony will take place Wednesday.


Another of the “Port Towns” community had a much closer result.

Three people ran for two open seats in Ward 1, but the incumbents barely held on.

Council members Sophia Layne and Selita Bennet-White received 39 and 36 votes, respectively. Hilary Chester garnered 34 votes. Layne and Bennett-White will enter their third three-year terms.

Council member John Johnson retained his seat in Ward 2 and will start a second three-year term. Sarah Turberville was elected to replace ward Council member Margaret Judge Pooley, who decided not to seek re-election.

Officials will be sworn in June 14.

Fairmount Heights

Residents in the majority-black town chose May 1 to bring back Lillie Thompson-Martin to a two-year term as mayor.

Thompson-Martin received 131 votes over Mayor Patricia Waiters, who had 110 votes.

Two incumbents, Sherri Downing and Patricia Ukkundo’Oohwaka, retained their seats on the council. Marsshon Shelton Moreno received the second-highest number of votes and will join the seven-member council that includes the mayor.

A swearing-in ceremony will take during the council meeting May 17.


Glenarden, engulfed in controversy in the past year as a former teacher’s aide was charged with producing child pornography and town officials were accused of misappropriations of money, will have three new council members to serve four-year terms.

The three new members are Angela Ferguson, Donjuan Williams and Celestine Wilson.

Residents decided to retain council Vice President James Herring, Carolyn Smallwood (Ward 1) and Deborah Eason (Ward 2). In addition, Edward Estes received 323 votes to become the city’s next mayor to defeat Mayor Dennis Smith, who garnered 283 votes.

No date has been set for the swearing-in ceremony.


The city, which on Sunday, May 7 officially became a sanctuary jurisdiction to protect immigrants, re-elected three incumbents to the 10-member council.

Bart Lawrence (Ward 1), Robert Croslin (Ward 2) and Edouard Haba (Ward 4) will serve for another four years.

Because two current council members decided not to run again, Carrianna Sutier (Ward 3) and Erica Spell (Ward 5) will serve four-year terms.

The election for the other five council members and the mayor will happen in 2019.
The oath of office ceremony will take place May 15.


The town near Joint Base Andrews had two councilmen seek re-election and both ran unopposed.

Bradley Wade, who’s also the town’s vice mayor, and Todd Mullins will serve for at least another two years. The council has four members, with the mayor casting any tie-breaking votes.

Both will be sworn in May 16.

Mount Rainier

After a contested mayoral race, Mayor Malinda Miles retained her seat to begin her fourth four-year term as the city’s leader. Miles, who received 486 votes, defeated Ward 1 Council member Jesse Christopherson, who garnered 416 votes.

Celina Benetiz, who ran on Christoperson’s ticket, won a vacant seat for a two-year term in Ward 1 over Charnette Robinson.

Because Christopherson ran for mayor, Luke Chesek won the four-year term in Ward 1 over Tyrese Robinson.

Bryan Knedler ran unopposed in Ward 2.
The mayor and new council members will be sworn in Monday.

New Carrollton

The city that houses Prince George’s County’s largest transportation hub voted to keep Sarah Potter Robbins, Lincoln H.G. Lashley and Richard Bechtold for two-year terms. Bechtold won as a write-in candidate among 22 other people who received at least one vote.

All three will be sworn in May 17.

North Brentwood

The status quo will remain intact in the town that houses the Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center.

Mayor Petrella Robinson and Council member Aaron Baynes ran unopposed and will retain their seats for another two years.

They will be officially sworn in May 15.

Riverdale Park

The town of Riverdale Park, home to more than 400 Victorian and Craftsman structures built in 1890, will have a new mayor, Ward 2 Council member Alan Thompson. Incumbent Vernon Archer decided not to seek re-election.

Aaron Faulx was voted to replace Thompson as the Ward 2 representative. The rest of the incumbents retained their seats.

The officials will be sworn in during the June 5 council meeting.

University Park

Residents in the quaint community of 2,300 will have two new council members.

Joseph Scultz (Ward 2) and Martha Wells (Ward 6) both will begin a two-year term on the seven-member board, which is divided into seven wards.

Current Council members James Gekas and Michael Cron have to step down because the town has term limits. A council member can remain in office for only three two-year terms.

Incumbents Linda Verrill (Ward 4) and David Coskey (Ward 5) was re-elected to the council.

A swearing-in ceremony will take place during the June 19 meeting.

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