- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Prince George’s man who lost to County Council member Leslie Johnson in last year’s Democratic primary announced Thursday he will run for her soon-to-be-vacated seat.

Derrick Leon Davis, a former county schools employee, said he will run to replace Johnson who pleaded guilty last month to witness- and evidence-tampering charges.

Johnson initially said she would stay in office until her scheduled Sept. 15 sentencing — as state law allows — but announced this month under pressure from colleagues that she will step down July 31.

The county must hold a yet-to-be-scheduled primary election 45 to 60 days after her departure, followed by a general election within 90 days of July 31.

Mr. Davis placed second in last year’s primary with nearly 32 percent of votes. Johnson won with nearly 41 percent, then ran unopposed in the general election.

Mr. Davis is one of at least three candidates from the primary to express interest in replacing Johnson, joining Venus Bethea and Arthur Turner. Mr. Turner received an endorsement this month from former Council member Samuel H. Dean, who preceded Johnson and was forced out by term limits.



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