SEABROOK – 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 1,568 votes – more than all of his opponents’ votes combined, according to the city’s official results.
“I feel there’s a lot of work left to be done,” Wojahn said. “We’ve made a lot of progress over the last couple of years in revitalizing the city and bringing in new quality development that will serve city residents and I want to continue on that path. I think there’s a lot more we can do to help College Park realize its potential as a world-class college town.
“I was very grateful and thankful that the residents of College Park put their faith in me once again. I’m excited to work with the new council. I think there’s some great new people coming on board and I look forward to working with the incumbents who are returning.”
In District 1, Catherine Hope Kennedy and incumbent S.M. Fazlul Kabir won council seats with 483 and 788 votes, respectively.
Incumbents P.J. Brennan and Monroe Dennis retained their District 2 seats in a five-way race.
John Rigg, with 530 votes, and incumbent Robert Day, with 540, won the District 3 council seats.
The District 4 councilwomen will be Denise Mitchell, with 258 votes, and incumbent Dustyn Kujawa, with 241.
All of the incumbent Greenbelt council members won seats 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.
Jordan, the incumbent mayor, received 1,779 votes, 170 votes more than other Greenbelt county council member. As the recipient of the most votes, he will remain the city’s mayor. Davis, who came in second with 1,609 votes, will be the Mayor Pro Tem.
“There are a lot of important issues facing Greenbelt right now and there’s more to accomplish. I’m thankful to the people of Greenbelt, thankful to the other councilmembers to allow me to serve another term,” Jordan said. “Being able to have the continuity to work with the incumbent members and have new ideas on the council is a good thing.”
Councilman Konrad Herling did not run for reelection this year, and Colin Byrd picked up the vacancy with 1,392 votes.
“I’m deeply grateful for all of those Greenbelters who supported my campaign, and I look forward to working hand in hand in a respectful, positive, and collaborative way with my future colleagues on the city council to improve Greenbelt and get things done for the people of Greenbelt,” Byrd said in a written statement. “And, to those whose support I have yet to earn, I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your city councilman too.”
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 289 opposing.
In Laurel, incumbent at-large Councilman Michael Leszcz defeated his opponent, Jeffrey Mills, with 806 votes compared to Mills’ 627, according to the city’s official results.
“I’m very appreciative of the public, those who voted for me, those who came out for the election,” Leszcz said. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Laurel. I’m truly appreciative of having been returned to office. I’ll give it my best shot over the next two years.”
Carl DeWalt and incumbent Valerie Nicholas won the Ward 1 race, with 467 and 480 votes, respectively. Incumbent H. Edward Ricks lost his seat by just 16 votes.
In Ward 2, Keith Sydnor and incumbent Frederick Smalls won in a four-way race.