PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – College Park, Greenbelt and Laurel have announced the election results from their Nov. 7 municipal elections.
College Park incumbent Mayor Patrick Wojahn swept the most contested mayoral election in city history. He defeated District 4 Councilwoman Mary Cook and residents Tom Chen and Lalzarliani Malsawma with a total 1,495 votes – more than all of his opponents’ votes combined, according to the city’s preliminary results.
In District 1, Catherine Hope Kennedy and incumbent S.M. Fazlul Kabir won council seats with 469 and 768 votes, respectively.
Incumbents P.J. Brennan and Monroe Dennis retained their District 2 seats in a five-way race.
John Rigg, with 503 votes, and incumbent Robert Day, with 519, won the District 3 council seats.
The District 4 councilwomen will be Denise Mitchell, with 245 votes, and incumbent Dustyn Kujawa, with 232.
All of the incumbent Greenbelt council members won in the 13-way race, based on the city’s announced results. Silke Pope, Leta Mach, Rodney Roberts, Judith Davis, Edward Putens and Emmett Jordan each received more than 1,100 votes. Councilman Konrad Herling did not run for reelection this year, and Colin Byrd picked up the vacancy with 1,392 votes.
Voters also approved two referendum issues: changing the voting age for municipal elections to 16, and authorizing the city to borrow up to $2.5 million to repair the Greenbelt Lake Dam.
Roughly 1,215 residents cast ballots in favor of changing the voting age, compared to 1,070 against. Voters handily approved the $2.5 million bond issue with 2,005 voting for and 389 opposing.
In Laurel, incumbent at-large Councilman Michael Leszcz defeated his opponent, Jeffrey Mills, with 786 votes compared to Mills’ 623, according to the city’s unofficial results.
Carl DeWalt and incumbent Valerie Nicholas won the Ward 1 race, with 456 and 464 votes, respectively. Incumbent H. Edward Ricks lost his seat by just 17 votes.
In Ward 2, Keith Sydnor and incumbent Frederick Smalls won in a four-way race.
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