Prince George’s County Council races were some of the highly anticipated showdowns for Primary Election Day 2022.
The Prince George’s County Council includes eleven members — nine are elected by district and two are elected county-wide.
Incumbent Councilmember Mel Franklin and Calvin Hawkins won the Democratic nomination for the council’s two new at-large seats. Hawkins received 36.65 percent of the vote, while Franklin received 30.59 percent. They will not face a Republic challenger in November.
District 1 incumbent Councilmember Tom Dernoga ran unopposed and therefore secured his District 1 seat. He does not have Republican challengers for the General Election.
The District 2 race is very close, but Wanika Fisher appears to be the pending winner over former State Senator Victor Ramirez. Fisher, who most recently served a term in the Maryland House of Delegates, currently has a narrow lead at 49.34 percent of the vote, while Ramirez has captured 46.55 percent. This race was considered a “must watch” during the primary. Fisher will not face a Republic challenger in November.
Eric C. Olson has secured the District 3 seat with 51.14 percent of the vote. Olson will not face a Republic challenger in November.
Ingrid S. Harrison has won the District 4 seat with 51.64 percent of the vote. She does not have a Republican challenger in the general election.
District 5 incumbent Councilmember Jolene Ivey ran unopposed and therefore secured her District 5 seat. She do not have Republican challengers for the General Election.
The District 6 race is very close, but Wala Blegay appears to be the pending winner, currently with 31.25 percent of the vote. Blegay is closely followed by Denise G. Smith who has secured 28.06 percent of the votes thus far.
Krystal Oriadha has won the District 7 seat with a decisive 57.44 percent of the vote, beating incumbent Rodney Colvin Streeter with nearly double the votes. She will face off with Republican Gary Falls, who ran unopposed for the District 7 seat. Falls was the only Republican to run for any of the Prince George’s County Council seats. There is no Republican challenger in the general election.
Edward Burroughs III soars to reelection in District 8 with 72.45 percent of the vote. There is no Republican challenger in the general election.
Sydney Harrison has won reelection to her District 9 seat, capturing 68.4 percent of the vote. There is no Republican challenger in the general election.
Please note that vote counts are incomplete. Election officials still have to count mail-in and provisional ballots. For context, more than 500,000 Marylanders requested a mail-in ballot for this year’s primary, and those remaining votes are likely to be material to many contested races. However, local boards of elections cannot begin to canvass mail-in votes until Thursday, July 21. For editorial purposes, MACo coverage will describe any races where the top runner-up remains within 10 percent of the apparent winner(s) as “pending” and those results as “apparent.”
MACo’s election coverage and analysis relies on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow after a full accounting of pending votes. Given delays in processing an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, MACo advises readers that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.