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Prince George’s leaders to endorse Davis in council bid

- The Washington Times - Monday, September 5, 2011

Several Prince George's County leaders are expected to endorse Derrick Leon Davis in the race to replace former County Council member Leslie Johnson, a Davis spokesman said Monday.

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.

Mr. Davis finished second to Johnson last year in a six-candidate Democratic primary in which Johnson received about 41 percent of votes while Mr. Davis received 32 percent.

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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