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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

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