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County Councils Electing New Leaders for 2020

County Councils in several of Maryland’s charter government counties are electing leaders for 2020.

In Prince George’s County, the Council decided to stay the course.

Todd M. Turner, a Bowie Democrat who chaired the panel in 2019, will remain on the job for the next 12 months, having been unanimously re-elected by his colleagues on Tuesday.

Turner is in his second term.

Calvin S. Hawkins II, a Democrat from Upper Marlboro, was unanimously elected to serve as vice-chairman. He is in his first term.

In a statement, Turner said, “We will continue to build on the strong collaborations we have established with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, state lawmakers, regional and municipal government leaders, our communities, businesses, nonprofits, and other County stakeholders.”

“These partnerships,” he added, “are already bettering the lives of our residents and move us closer to the coveted signature wins for Prince George’s County.”

Two women will lead the Anne Arundel County Council in 2020.

Allison Pickard, a Democrat from Glen Burnie, was unanimously chosen by her colleagues to chair the panel in 2020.

Councilwoman Sarah Lacey, a Democrat from Jessup, was elected vice-chair.

The same is true in Howard County, where Councilmember Deb Jung, a Columbia Democrat, will be chair and Councilmember Liz Walsh, of Ellicott City, will be vice chair. Both lawmakers are in their first terms.

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to elevate vice-chairman Sidney Katz to chairman on Tuesday. A Democrat from Gaithersburg, Katz chairs the panel’s Public Safety Committee. He said he intends to focus on making the county more attractive to businesses, among other priorities.

Katz is in his second term, as is Tom Hucker, a Silver Spring Democrat who was unanimously elected to serve as vice-chairman. He chairs the council’s Transportation & Environment Committee, a perch he has used to lead the charge against Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s plan to widen the Beltway and Interstate 270.

In Frederick County, the County Council elects leaders for two-year terms. Elections were held last fall, so they are in the middle of a two-year cycle now. Councilmember M.C. Keegan-Ayer, a Democrat, is president, while Councilmember Michael J. Blue, a Republican, is vice president.

In Harford County, the Council president is chosen by voters every four years. Patrick S. Vincenti, a Republican, holds the job.

In Baltimore County, leadership elections for the Council will take place in January.

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