Derrick Davis Wins District 6 Primary

Tracey Gold Bennett | 9/21/2011, 8:06 a.m.
Derrick Leon Davis won the Prince George's County Maryland Democratic primary on Tue., Sept. 20,...
Derrick Leon Davis - Courtesy photo.

Derrick Leon Davis won the Prince George's County Maryland Democratic primary on Tue., Sept. 20, for the District 6 County Council seat vacated by Leslie Johnson.

Davis had a number of high profile endorsements including one from County Executive Rushern Baker.

"I am proud of Derrick and the hard work of his campaign and supporters on this primary victory. He will be a great council member who will serve the residents of the 6th District with honesty, integrity and great constituent service," Baker said.

Davis sought the seat in twice before. His strongest contender was Arthur A. Turner, who came in second among 14 candidates.

"It's a new day in Prince George's County," Davis said. "What lies ahead is hard work. There are things that should have happened a long time ago, but now we have the team to do it. It's time to move the ball forward and finally learn from the mistakes of our past."

Davis is a lifelong Prince George's County resident and a graduate of Central High School. He attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on a music scholarship. He is the current chairman of the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund.

"I'm running for great quality of life for the county, I worked hard to establish relationships with people and to help bolster the vision for the county," Davis said.

Davis plans to invest in education by encouraging greater parental involvement, providing universal early childhood education, recruiting and retaining the most talented educators to Prince George's County and reducing class sizes to 25 students or less.

He also plans to use his influence to protect senior citizens in the county by working with non-profit organizations to keep seniors in their own homes and improve senior care.

The general election will be held on Oct. 18, days after the Oct. 13 scheduled sentencing of Leslie Johnson for her June 30 guilty plea in federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering. Johnson could receive 12 to 18 months in prison.

Her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, pled guilty to extortion, and evidence and witness tampering for which he could be sentenced to 13 years.

Davis will face Republican Day Gardner who ran unopposed in the primary.

One hundred percent of the precincts reported Derrick Leon Davis had won with 3,570 votes.