2018 Md. primary guide: Guide to packed Prince George’s Co. Council races

WASHINGTON — Like nearly every race in Maryland’s 2018’s midterm elections, the Prince George’s County Council race is jam-packed with candidates.

One race generating particular attention is for the county’s two at-large council seats — though some candidates are not without their troubles.

Vote-seekers in that race include Prince George’s government veteran Calvin Hawkins, who spent time in prison more than 30 years ago on an armed robbery conviction when he was around 20 and has acknowledged he was accused of sexually harassing a colleague more than 10 years ago (Hawkins has been upfront about both).

Karen Toles, a current council member also seeking the at-large spot, has racked up nearly 50 traffic and parking tickets while using a county car and was cited for driving 105 mph on the Beltway.

Councilman Mel Franklin totaled a county-owned car and was charged with driving under the influence in a crash that injured two in November of 2016. That followed an incident in 2012 when he crashed a county-owned SUV.

Below is a full list of the candidates by race.

At-Large (voters pick 2)

Juanita Culbreath-Miller (D)
•Platform: Education, jobs, health and housing.

Mel Franklin (D)
•Platform: Jobs, economics and small business.

Calvin Hawkins (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Schools, housing, public safety, small business, immigration and transportation.

Melvin Bernard Johnson (D)
•Platform: Public education.

Gerron Levi (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Education, homeownership, taxes and economic development.

Julian Lopez (D)
•Platform: Economics, education and government corruption.

Karen Toles (D)
•Platform: Transparency, growth, public safety, jobs, schools and health care.

Reginald J. Tyer (D)
•Platform: Education reform, restoring public trust and compassion.

Felicia Folarin (R)
•Platform: Education, economic growth and increasing minority-owned businesses.

District 1 (voters pick 1)

Tom Dernoga (D)
•Platform: Education, community enhancement, economic growth, environmental protection and government transparency.

Craig A. Moe (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Youth and elder care, public safety, jobs, community enhancement and government accountability.

District 2 (voters pick 1)

Candace Hollingsworth (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Education, economic development and community enhancement.

Deni Taveras (D)
•Platform: Transportation, education, economic development, housing, environmentalism and public safety.

District 3 (voters pick 1)

Dannielle Glaros (D)
•Running unopposed.

District 4 (voters pick 1)

Todd M. Turner (D)
Running unopposed.

District 5 (voters pick 1)

Jolene Ivey (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Education, economic development, elder care and community care.

Walter Lee James Jr. (D)
•Platform: Public safety, education, youth and elder citizen care and health.

Rochelle Mincey-Thompson (D)
•Platform: Education and environment.

Albert Slocum (D)
•Platform: Jobs, economics, assistance for the disabled, public safety, family and social services.

Patricia M. Waiters (D)
•Platform: Education, public safety, jobs, economic growth and mental health,

District 6 (voters pick 1)

Derrick Leon Davis (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Redevelopment of the Largo Town Center Metro, the Westphalia Project and balancing the county budget.

Ryan Christopher Greene (D)
•Platform: Education, public safety, elder care, community care and economic development.

Duane Anthony Staples (D)
•Platform: Health care, education, jobs, the environment, economic development and housing.

District 7 (voters pick 1)

Karen Anderson (D)
•Platform: Education, public safety, housing and economic development.

Bruce Branch (D)
•Platform: Housing, taxes, elder care, education reform, public safety and economic development.

Michele Clarke (D)
•Platform: Government accountability, corruption and education reform.

Gary Lee Falls (D)
•Platform: Candidate’s website has broken links/does not outline platform.

Krystal Oriadha (D)
•Platform: Education, economic development and quality of life.

BJ Paige (D)
•Platform: Jobs, elder care and care for those who have been released from incarceration.

Juan Stewart Jr. (D)
•Platform: Access to healthy food, community development, youth engagement and government accountability.

Rodney Colvin Streeter (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Government accountability, elder care, public safety and economic development.

District 8 (voters pick 1)

Monique Anderson-Walker (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Economic development, health, education and public safety.

Carlton C. Carter (D)
•Platform: Education, taxes and public safety.

Tony Knotts (D)
•Platform: Education, public safety, economic development and transportation.

Karen Elizabeth Porter (D)
•Platform: Education, public safety, health care and small business development.

Markida Lynette Walker (D)
•Platform: Government accountability, transparency and development.

District 9 (voters pick 1)

Orlando D. Barnes (D)
•Platform: Economic development, jobs, health care, public safety and education.

Tanya J. Brooks (D)
•Candidate does not have a website.

Tamara Davis Brown (D)
•Endorsed by The Washington Post. Platform: Education, economic development, public safety and environmental sustainability.

Kevin M. Harris (D)
•Platform: Education, jobs, economic development, health care, public safety and environmentalism.

Sydney Harrison (D)
•Platform: Community development and care.

Daren L. Hester (D)
•Platform: Elder care, youth engagement, disabled and domestic violence and veteran care.

Jeffrey JRaz Rascoe (D)
•Platform: Public safety, public safety and community care.

Rodney C. Taylor (D)
•Platform: Community care, economic development, infrastructure, environmental protection, youth engagement and education.


Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

© 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up