A Candidate’s Guide to the Prince George’s County Primary Elections

Voters in Prince George’s County will weigh in on candidates for county executive and nine county council contests, among others, as Marylanders head to the polls for the July 19 primary election.

The results will be decisive in most cases, since almost all the candidates in the local elections are Democrats. They race in freshly drawn districts remodeled twice since last fall: first as part of a plan the county council passed despite protests from residents who edged out several competitors from incumbent districts, and from again after the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the council’s controversial map.

Nine of the eleven county council seats are contested. County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks faces competition from several political newcomers in her pursuit of a second term. State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy is running unopposed. More information about the four school board seats on the ballot is available here.

Economic development, public safety and education, among other issues, animated candidates during interviews and surveys about their candidacy. Most cited longstanding concerns about development inequities and the need for more services and amenities across the county. As the effects of the pandemic linger despite an economic rebound, the candidates also promised solutions to tackle crime, help the elderly and create affordable housing.

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