With cramped field, leaders emerge in Prince George’s Co. Council races

Editor’s note: Results below as of 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, with 285 of 288 precincts reporting.

WASHINGTON — Mel Franklin and Calvin Hawkins are both the current leaders in the Prince George’s County Democratic primary for the county council’s two new at-large seats.

Hawkins is a local government veteran. He 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).

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.

Not all provisional ballots and absentee ballots will be counted until July 6. Results are unofficial until all the ballots are counted.

Races for some County Council seats remained nail biters into the overnight hours Tuesday with many candidates within thousands – sometimes hundreds or dozens – of votes of each other.

As of 11:40 p.m., for example, unofficial numbers for the District 7 race had Krystal Oriadha with 2,701 votes to Rodney Colvin Streeter’s 2,710.

And in District 9, Sydney Harrison was leading Tamara Davis Brown 6,913 to 6,866.

See the full list of Prince George’s County primary results here.

The current leaders:

(Those running unopposed not listed.)

At-Large (two seats)

Mel Franklin
Calvin Hawkins

District 1 (one seat)

Tom Dernoga

District 2 (one seat)

Deni Taveras

District 5 (one seat)

Jolene Ivey

District 6 (one seat)

Derrick Leon Davis

District 7 (one seat)

Rodney Colvin Streeter

District 8 (one seat)

Monique Anderson-Walker

District 9 (one seat)

Sydney Harrison

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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