Officials including County Executive Rushern L. Baker, a Democrat, and Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, a Democrat, are scheduled to endorse Mr. Davis for the vacant District 6 council seat at an event Tuesday morning in Capitol Heights, said campaign spokesman Sasha Desrouleaux.
Mr. Davis, a former county schools employee and current board of trustees chairman for the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, is one of 15 candidates vying to replace Johnson, a Democrat who resigned from the nine-member council July 31 after pleading guilty in June to federal witness- and evidence-tampering charges.
Johnson then won an uncontested general election in November in the heavily Democratic county.
Fourteen Democratic candidates, including four of last year’s six primary contestants, will vie in a Sept. 20 special primary election, while one Republican will run uncontested in a primary. The winners of the primaries will square off Oct. 18 in a special general election.
Johnson pleaded guilty to flushing a $100,000 check down a toilet at her home and hiding nearly $80,000 in her underwear in November as federal investigators closed in on her husband, then-County Executive Jack B. Johnson, a Democrat.
She initially said she would stay in office until her scheduled Oct. 13 sentencing - as state law allows - but resigned under pressure from council colleagues and Mr. Baker.
Her husband, who left office in December, pleaded guilty in May to extortion and witness- and evidence-tampering charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6.
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