Prince George’s County voters re-elected County Executive Rushern L. Baker III for a second term on Tuesday but decided he won’t get a third.
By a slim margin of 51.3 percent to 48.6 percent, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have extended term limits from two to three consecutive terms for top county lawmakers.
As a result, Mr. Baker and the nine members of the County Council will remain bound by their two-term limit.
Term limits were adopted by the county in 1992 after a resident-led petition effort got the measure on the ballot. This year’s effort is the second time since then that politicians have tried to challenge the restrictions and failed.
Mr. Baker was intimately involved in the 2002 effort to repeal term limits in the county. He supported the term limit extension this year but refrained from publicly campaigning for it, although he did successfully convince the county’s Democratic Central Committee to include support of the referendum on its sample ballot.
The committee supporting the term limit extension effort, Prince Georgians for Fairness in Government, received most of its financial support from two developers with extensive portfolios in the county. There was no formally registered group opposing the referendum effort.