Davis wins Johnson seat on P.G. council

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Derrick Leon Davis easily beat a field of 13 Democrats in Tuesday’s Prince George’s County Council primary to become the likely replacement for former Council member Leslie E. Johnson.

Mr. Davis, a former county schools employee and current board of trustees chairman for the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, received 55.3 percent of the nearly 6,500 primary votes cast, according to county elections officials.

Arthur Turner finished second with 19.4 percent of votes and Mark Polk placed third with 9.8 percent.

Mr. Davis, who finished second to Johnson in last year’s primary but was buoyed this year by an endorsement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, a Democrat, will face Republican Day Gardner in an Oct. 18 general election. Miss Gardner ran unopposed in her party’s primary Tuesday and received all 97 votes.

Mr. Davis is expected to easily win the heavily Democratic district’s general election and replace Johnson on the nine-member council. Johnson resigned in July after pleading guilty in June to witness- and evidence-tampering charges.

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