- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Voters in Bowie and College Park yesterday approved referendums for higher taxes to establish municipal police forces, according to unofficial results from the cities’ election boards.

The municipal elections in Bowie, College Park and Greenbelt also returned most incumbents as City Council members, but Bowie voters elected two newcomers.

In Bowie, Challenger Kevin W. Conroy won one of two at-large City Council seats, defeating incumbent William A. Aleshire. Another newcomer, Todd M. Turner, beat incumbent Gail Brooker Jones for the District 3 council seat.

The election board declared the winners last night before announcing vote totals.

Incumbents carried the rest of the Bowie races, with Dennis Brady winning the other at-large seat, Kurt Kroemer winning in District 1, Jack D. Jenkins in District 2 and D. Michael Lyles in District 4, according to the unofficial results.

Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson ran unopposed.

In the referendum, 6,218 voters agreed and 1,889 disagreed with creating a police department in Bowie — a city of roughly 50,000 residents across 16 square miles. It will cost homeowners an extra $46 per $100,000 of assessed value.

The College Park referendum on authorizing the next City Council to increase taxes to pay for a police department passed 670 to 649 votes, according to unofficial results.

Absentee ballots had yet to be counted, but an election official said there were not enough of them to change the results.

A College Park police force could cost each city household about $480 more a year.

In the City Council election, in which voters selected two council members for each of four districts, all the incumbents prevailed.

John M. Krouse and David L. Milligan retained their District 1 seats with 283 and 268 votes, respectively. In District 3, Eric C. Olson won with 414 votes, and Andrew M. Fellows won with 381 votes. In District 4, Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk won with 252 votes, and Karen E Hampton won with 226.

Running unopposed were Mayor Stephen A. Brayman and District 2 council members Robert T. Catlin and John E. Perry.

Greenbelt voters returned all five incumbents to the City Council and elected Judith F. Davis to a seventh term as mayor, according to unofficial results from the Greenbelt Board of Elections.

Mrs. Davis was elected as mayor by receiving the highest number of votes — 1,653 votes — among the council candidates. Voters choose five council members from six candidates on the ballot.

A total of 2,094 voters cast ballots, or 18.4 percent of registered voters.

Returned to the council were Rodney M. Roberts with 1,604 votes, Edward V.J. Putens with 1,478 votes, Konrad E. Herling with 1,402 votes and Leta M. Mach with 1,380 votes. Kelly P. Ivy Sr. lost his council bid with 805 votes, according to unofficial results.

Voters also struck down a proposed charter amendment to authorize collective bargaining for the Greenbelt Police Department police union. The referendum question failed with 1,105 votes against and 797 votes in favor.

Arlo Wagner contributed to this report.

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