- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Jack B. Johnson ran unopposed yesterday in his bid for re-election as Prince George’s County executive, after an unexpectedly tough challenge in the Democratic primary from former state Delegate Rushern L. Baker III.

Few surprises were expected in the county because many of the candidates ran unopposed, and the close races occurred in the September primaries.

In the U.S. House race for the 4th District seat, incumbent Rep. Albert R. Wynn, a Democrat, had a commanding lead against political upstart M. Moshe Starkman.

With 43 percent of the 104 precincts reporting, Mr. Wynn had 23,526 votes, or 92 percent. Mr. Starkman had 2,016 votes, or 8 percent.

Prince George’s County voters played a key role in the Democratic primary, during which Mr. Wynn, elected in 1992, faced considerable opposition for the first time in challenger Donna Edwards.

The race turned negative, in part, when Mrs. Edwards said Mr. Wynn was too conservative to represent the predominantly black district, which extends into Montgomery County but is largely in Prince George’s County. Mr. Wynn had 71 percent of the vote last night in Montgomery County.

A brief altercation between campaign staffers occurred in August during a candidates forum in Largo.

After voting issues in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties were rectified, Mr. Wynn was victorious by less than 3,000 votes.

Mr. Starkman, a resident of Aspen Hill, ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, who succeeded Mr. Johnson, also ran unopposed and retained his seat last night.

In races for County Council seats, only one of seven incumbents faced opposition in their re-election bids.

In District 5, David Harrington, a Democrat and mayor of Bladensburg, appeared to be the winner, with 48 percent of 25 precincts reporting. Mr. Harrington had 6,459 votes, or 94 percent. Republican Francis J. Marshall had 441 votes, or 6 percent.

Two vacant council seats also were filled yesterday.

In District 3, Eric C. Olson, a Democrat, appeared to be the winner, with 60 percent of 23 precincts reporting.

Mr. Olson had 6,045 votes, or 81 percent. Republican James A. Wildoner had 1,380 votes, or 19 percent.

The winner succeeds Democrat Thomas R. Hendershot, who could not run because of term limits. Mr. Olson defeated Mr. Hendershot’s wife, Florence, in the Democratic primary in September.

Mr. Wildoner ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Ingrid M. Turner, a Democrat, ran unopposed in District 4, after defeating G. Frederick Robinson in the primary. Mr. Robinson vacated his position as the mayor of Bowie to run for council. Miss Turner replaces Douglas J.J. Peters, a Democrat running for state Senate.

Council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga, a Democrat, ran unopposed in District 1.

In District 2, incumbent Will Campos, a Democrat, ran unopposed after defeating Anthony Cicoria in the primary.

In District 6, incumbent Samuel H. Dean ran unopposed after soundly defeating fellow Democrat Phil Lee in September.

Incumbents Camille Exum and Tony Knotts, both Democrats, ran unopposed in District 7 and District 8, respectively.

In District 9, incumbent Marilynn M. Bland, a Democrat from Clinton, ran unopposed after defeating five challengers in the primary election.

Mr. Johnson, 57, rested easy after narrowly defeating Mr. Baker, 52 percent to 48 percent, in the September primary. The race, expected to be a runaway for Mr. Johnson, grew thorny in the last weeks as Mr. Baker closed the gap.

Mr. Baker, who also ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Johnson in 2002, challenged Mr. Johnson on the issues of education, public safety and economic development.

Mr. Johnson staked his re-election bid on the county’s economic turnaround since taking office in 2002. He cites increasing the county’s budget by more than $1 billion as one of his major achievements.

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