In a close race, the Prince George’s County Council Member has won the Democratic Primary for the Maryland State Senate’s District 26.
Prince George’s County Council Member Obie Patterson has won the Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate in District 26, according to preliminary results. The State Board of Elections reports Patterson with 51.8% (11,151 votes) of the votes and all precincts reporting as of the writing of this article.
If he wins the general election to office, this will not be Patterson’s first time in Annapolis. Patterson previously served in the General Assembly from as a Member of House of Delegates, representing District 26, from 1995 to 2007.
As described on the Prince George’s County Council website, Council Member Patterson has a range of experience in local government,
Council Member Patterson will serve as Chair of the Council’s Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee for the 2015 Legislative Year. He was elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Council for Legislative Year 2013. In Legislative Year 2014, Council Member Patterson served as Chair of the Council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee (HEHS); a member of the Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee (THE); a member of the Rules, General Assembly Committee and the Committee of the Whole. Council Member Patterson is a designated board member for Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation; and Council Representative to the Prince George’s Community Foundation, as well as the Board for Social Services.
Patterson’s opponent, Jamila Jaye Woods, is a social justice activist who has served on the New Americans Council under the O’Malley Administration, and has advocated in Annapolis on labor issues, according to her campaign website.
MACo’s election coverage and analysis relies, as always, on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow, after a full accounting of pending ballots. Given the larger-than-usual expected number of provisional ballots (which would not be included in the unofficial vote total), readers are advised that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.