Two candidate forums scheduled for tonight, next week
County executive contenders to square off
Forums are scheduled tonight and Tuesday to allow candidates for Prince George's County executive and state's attorney to share their campaign stances with voters.
The activist group People for Change is hosting a forum for county executive candidates at 6 p.m. tonight at the James R. Cousins Jr. Municipal Center in Glenarden.
So far, six candidates have announced plans to run for the county executive seat, which is being vacated by Jack B. Johnson (D). Johnson, who is in his second term, is prevented by term limits from running for re-election to the post. The primary election is Sept. 14 and the general election is Nov. 2.
Former Del. Rushern Baker of Cheverly, County Councilman Samuel Dean (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville, Sheriff Michael Jackson of Upper Marlboro, County Councilman Tony Knotts (D-Dist. 8) of Temple Hills, Del. Gerron Levi (D-Dist. 23A) of Bowie and businessman Henry Turner of Bowie are competing for the top spot. All of the candidates are Democrats.
All six candidates are confirmed to attend, organizers said.
After tonight's forum, candidates are scheduled to face off again Tuesday at a forum sponsored by the county's volunteer firefighters and ladies auxiliary associations. Three executive candidates are confirmed for that event, and other candidates have been invited, organizers said.
The forum begins at 6:45 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt and will also feature candidates running for state's attorney.
The Prince George's County state's attorney is the county's chief prosecutor. State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey is not seeking re-election at the end of the term.
State's attorney candidates include Angela Alsobrooks, Revenue Authority director; County Councilman Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel; Clerk of the Court Peggy Magee; Mark Spencer, police department inspector general; and Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Wright.
All of the candidates for state's attorney are also Democrats. No Republicans have filed to run for state's attorney.