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Polls Close in Maryland's Municipal Elections

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Polls are closed in Maryland, after a number of municipal elections with some notable issues on the table.

    Residents of seven jurisdictions in Prince George's and Montgomery counties headed to the polls Tuesday.

    The votes are still being counted, but here's what is at stake in College Park, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Laurel, Rockville or Takoma Park.

    COLLEGE PARK

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    MAYOR:
    Andrew M. Fellows, incumbent
    Robert J. McCeney

    COUNCIL:
    District 1 (two seats)
    S.M. Fazlul Kabir, incumbent
    Patrick L. Wojahn, incumbent
    Benjamin S. Mellman

    District 2 (two seats)
    P. J. Brennan
    Monroe S. Dennis, incumbent

    District 3 (two seats)
    Robert W. Day, Sr., incumbent
    Stephanie E. Stullich, incumbent
    Matthew E. Popkin

    District 4 (two seats)
    Alan Y. Hew
    Denise C. Mitchell, incumbent

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    2 years

    FYI:

    For the first time in a long time, Mayor Andrew Fellows ran against another candidate after a long stretch of elections running unopposed. According to the Gazette, Robert McCeney, the other mayoral contender, has attempted runs for the District 3 council seat twice. McCeney captured under a quarter of the vote on both occasions.

    Two University of Maryland students challenged the District 1 and District 3 seats. Last weekend, the Diamondback Online's editorial staff issued its own assessment of the student-city divide that seems to haunt every college town.

    The student paper reports that, contrary to some preconceived thoughts about student candidates, District 1 contender and UMD senior, Benjamin Mellman paid for his College Park home before venturing to run.

    In District 3, candidate and UMD grad student Matthew Popkin was up against incumbents Stephanie Stullich and Robert Day, Sr. Some controversy erupted last month when a pro-Stullich flyer suggested an alliance between the incumbents. Critics said the poster appeared to pit the standing council against the student community, despite the city's labor-intensive work on student-resident relations.

    Whoever wins will enjoy the 40 percent pay hike recently cemented by the sitting council. The new mayor will earn $10,500 yearly, and each new council member will earn $7,500.

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    Districts 1 and 4
    Davis Hall, 9217 51st Ave., College Park

    Districts 2 and 3
    City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    (240) 487-3501
    http://www.collegeparkmd.gov


    BOWIE

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    MAYOR:
    Richard A. Dahms
    G. Frederick Robinson, incumbent

    COUNCIL:
    At-Large (two seats)
    Dennis Brady, incumbent
    Todd M. Turner, incumbent

    District 1 (one seat)
    James L. Marcos, incumbent

    District 2 (one seat)
    Diane M. Polangin, Mayor Pro Tem, incumbent

    District 3 (one seat)
    Babatunde Alegbeleye
    Henri Gardner, incumbent

    District 4 (one seat)
    Isaac C. Trouth, incumbent

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    For now, the mayor and city council are elected to two-year terms. That could change because of this Tuesday's election. See below.

    FYI:

    The issues facing the city may demand more attention than the election itself, leading to concerns of election tune-out. The biggest nail-biters for Bowie voters in the election were the revival of term limits and a single contested seat in District 3.

    Bowie residents were asked whether they support four-year terms for the mayor and city council. Voters rejected this proposal in two previous elections, the Gazette reported.

    District 3 incumbent Henri Gardner and his opponent said increased crime, overcrowding in schools, and their respective plans to address these problems are reason enough to get people to the polls.

    Still, at least two other issues face the city at-large.

    First, residents of rural areas of Bowie aren't exactly quick to embrace a proposed Walmart Supercenter.

    Second, since the city doesn't contract stormwater management through the county, Bowie officials are left to figure out their own way to incentivize residents to reduce polluted water runoff. The rest of the county is eligible for up to $2,000 in rebates through the Rain Check Rebate Program, following the installment of stormwater management fees this past summer.

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    District 1A
    Huntington Community Center, 13022 8th St., Bowie

    District 1B
    Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 16010 Annapolis Road, Bowie

    District 2A
    Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie

    District 2B
    Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie

    District 3A
    Bowie Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Drive, Bowie

    District 3B
    Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie

    District 4A
    South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie

    District 4B
    Collington Station HOA, 375 Johnsberg Lane, Bowie

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    (301) 809-3029
    http://www.cityofbowie.org


    GAITHERSBURG

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    MAYOR
    Sidney A. Katz, incumbent

    COUNCIL (two seats)
    Henry F. Marraffa, Jr., incumbent
    Michael A. Sesma, incumbent

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    4 years

    FYI:
    You can read statements from the candidates here.

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    GA01
    City Hall, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg

    GA02
    Izaak Walton League, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg

    GA03
    Kentlands - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 16 Kent Gardens Circle, Gaithersburg

    GA04
    Villa Ridge Community Room, 414 Girard St., Gaithersburg

    GA05
    Potomac Oaks Condominium Clubhouse, 780 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg

    GA06
    Asbury Methodist Village, 417 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    301-258-6310
    http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov


    GREENBELT

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    MAYOR & COUNCIL

    Mayor Judith F. Davis, incumbent*
    Konrad Herling, incumbent
    Emmett Jordan, incumbent
    Leta Mach, incumbent
    Silke I. Pope, incumbent
    Edward V.J. Putens, incumbent
    Rodney M. Roberts, incumbent
    Susan Stewart
    William Orleans

    (*In Greenbelt, the candidate with the most votes serves as mayor.)

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    2 years

    FYI:

    The City of Greenbelt has a full video introduction to each of the candidates in the tomorrow's race. Meet the candidates here. Much of Greenbelt City Council's raison d'être is in its economic development and transportation initiatives. Securing the FBI bid remains a high priority for the City. In its latest issue, the Greenbelt News Review said there's little controversy to influence voters in a particular direction at the polls.

    Newcomer William Orleans, who has no fixed address, according to the Gazette, is making his second go at a council seat. Susan Stewart, the only other newcomer, said she would bring a commitment to environmental issues with her if elected. Learn more about the candidates here.

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    Precinct 3
    Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt

    Precinct 6
    Police Station, 550 Crescent Road, Greenbelt

    Precinct 8
    Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt

    Precinct 13
    Greenbriar Community Center, 7600 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt

    Precinct 18
    Turning Point Academy, 7800 Good Luck Road, Greenbelt

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    (301) 474-3870
    http://www.greenbeltmd.gov


    LAUREL

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    COUNCIL

    Ward 1 (two seats)
    Valerie M.A. Nicholas, incumbent
    H. Edward Ricks, incumbent
    John Mathew Smith

    Ward 2 (two seats)
    Donna L. Crary, incumbent
    Thomas Elwood Matthews
    Frederick Smalls, incumbent & council president

    At-Large (one seat)
    Michael R. Leszcz, incumbent
    Adrian B. Rousseau

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    2 years

    FYI:

    Funding for the Laurel Boys and Girls Club, public safety, economic development and candidates who are making a ninth go at a Council seat are all part of the Laurel City election narrative this year. Buried a bit deeper are a few charges of voter disenfranchisement by an at-large council candidate who says this is nothing new.

    At-large candidates Adrian Rousseau, Thomas Matthews and John Matthew Smith are making the Laurel Boys and Girls Club an issue in this election, following the move to leave the future of the club's financial situation up to the incoming council. In Ward 1, candidates are making pledges to attract business to Laurel’s Main Street.

    Voters can learn more about each candidate from the Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1iHNls2).

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    Ward 1
    Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel

    Ward 2
    Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, Cypress Street, Laurel

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    (301) 725-5300 ext. 2121
    http://www.cityoflaurel.org


    ROCKVILLE

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    MAYOR:
    Bridget Newton
    Mark Pierzchala, current council member

    COUNCIL:
    Beryl L. Feinberg
    Donald H. (Don) Hadley
    Tom Moore, incumbent
    Virginia Onley
    Julie Palakovich Carr
    Claire Marcuccio Whitaker

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    2 years

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    District 1
    Elwood Smith Recreation Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville

    District 2
    Rockville Municipal Swim and Fitness Center, 355 Martins Lane, Rockville

    District 3
    Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville

    District 4
    Social Hall at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville

    District 5
    Twinbrook Community Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville

    District 6
    Montrose Community Center, 451 Congressional Lane, Rockville

    District 7
    Ritchie Park Elementary School, 1514 Dunster Road, Rockville

    District 8
    Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville

    District 9
    Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville

    District 10
    King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville

    Same-Day Voter Registration
    Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    240-314-8286: election line
    240-314-8280: City Clerk's office

    http://www.rockvillemd.gov/election13


    TAKOMA PARK

    WHO'S RUNNING?

    MAYOR:
    Bruce R. Williams, incumbent

    COUNCIL:
    Ward 1
    Seth Grimes, incumbent

    Ward 2
    Tim Male, incumbent

    Ward 3
    Kay Daniels Cohen, incumbent

    Ward 4
    Terry Seamens, incumbent
    Eric Mendoza, withdrawn (his name will remain on the ballot)

    Ward 5
    Jarrett K. Smith, incumbent

    Ward 6
    Fred Schultz, incumbent

    HOW LONG WILL THEY SERVE?
    2 years

    FYI:

    For the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds are now eligible to vote in municipal elections in Takoma Park. Residents on parole or probation after a felony conviction, and residents who are not citizens of the United States may also vote.

    WHERE TO VOTE:

    Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park
    (Same-day registration is available on site.)

    HOURS:
    7 a.m.-8 p.m.

    FOR MORE INFO:
    301-891-7267
    301-891-7100
    http://www.takomaparkmd.gov