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District 6 Candidate Derrick Leon Davis Will Be Your New Councilman

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Voters haven’t even had their say yet, but all signs point to them plunking their levers for Derrick Leon Davis on September 20. Why? Well, because our County Executive says so, as recently reported by WTOP. Baker says that since Davis was part of his slate last year, “Nothing has changed to persuade me that he’s not the right person for that area.”

While I don’t really have any say in the outcome, when will Democrats stand up and start pointing out that it’s simply undemocratic for an elected official to anoint a candidate in your own primary? If Davis is the best candidate, then Baker doesn’t need to put in his two cents because I believe he can trust the voters to figure that out for themselves.

Although our County Executive presides over the entire county, I’m not sure he lives in District 6 either and voters should question his reasons for wanting his own ally on Council to represent them. Although I haven’t blogged in quite awhile, I could not stand by silently and once again watch the voters of District 6 be manipulated into choosing somebody based on an endorsement, rather than one’s qualifications, their record of service, and their platform on issues that matter in District 6. I also wouldn’t mind if somebody else stepped up and declared their candidacy. We know there are a vast number of really smart and talented people in District 6. Don’t be scared off by early endorsements, please step up and get in the race. We need your leadership and your fresh ideas, rather than people who are recycling the same old stuff.

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Written by pgd9politico

August 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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  1. Thank you PGD9Politico for saying what many are thinking. After being disenfranchised for months by one Council Member, are we to be disenfranchised in D6 again by having our rep chosen FOR us? This District surely seems to have problems around politics and elections, as most every District in the County does. I hope voters will ASK the candidates, for themselves, about views and history on the issues that the VOTER thinks are important. I hope people will not rely on what a name sounds like, what someone looks like, and I hope voters won’t take ANYONE else’s word for who to support. Even forum presenters have agendas. There isn’t anything wrong with having an agenda. It’s just that everyone needs to be clear that is so, and to consider how it aligns with or diverges from, one’s own agenda. Candidates should be able to demonstrate how they’ve worked on our issues and what real impact they have helped produce. Candidates should be transparent about campaign funding. They should show that they really hear what their constituents are saying. And they should be prepared to do a good deal of straightening up and outreach so that the 6th District as well as the Council and the Government as a whole, are again responsive to people who live here.

    Linda

    August 5, 2011 at 3:37 am

    • I agree with Linda. It’s been a horrible year for the residents of District 6 and Prince George’s County. We in district 6 have our council representative Leslie Johnson going to jail and now I see that our new County Executive Baker is backing Derrick “Boogie” Leon Davis again. What happened to Mr. Baker’s holier-than-thou stance on the ethics of elected officials and the perception of Prince George’s County?

      What Ethics?
      I have a friend that works for Prince George’s public school system that informed me that Derrick “Boogie” Leon Davis was recently fired for consistently poor performance and using the school system supplies and resources to run his campaigns for County Council and to also run his Go-Go music business (UpJumpedDaBoggie Music) http://www.myspace.com/upjumpeddaboogiemusic. Is this the kind of ethics Mr. Baker is advocating for and promoting? Or is Mr. Baker just another empty suit that wants us citizens to “Do as I say, not as I do”?

      Who’s Perception?
      How will the region, the Country, the World perceive us if we go from getting rid of Leslie and replacing her with a person that steals from CHILDREN and Tax payers? We will continue to be the but of jokes around the world! We go from Lady Bra Johnson to Derrick “Boogie” Leon Davis? Only in Prince George’s County!

      Rod

      August 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

  2. This is a great article and I would like to inform all of you that read and comment that Arthur Turner is a candidate that best fits the qualifications for the seat of County Council District 6. He has more then 20 years of “Leading” community service, not just seating in meetings or joining as many groups as he can. So many people point to Davis as being the front runner; well I say that the winner of the election will be announced on Election Day and not before. Even though County Executive Baker backs Davis, the County Executive only has one vote and agreeing with the writer I don’t think he lives in district 6. Furthermore Baker wants Davis to be his rubber stamp on a 50 million dollar spending proposal that Baker is finding almost impossible to pass in the County Council. Baker doesn’t want more oversight over the project, a requirement of the four opposing council seats. With Davis as his rubber stamp he will be able to easily pass the 50 million dollar spending proposal with no increased oversight or accountability, too much government corruption begins this way. Next thing we know money is missing or finds its way into the pockets of Bakers friends. Lastly Prince George’s County Firefighters have been seen putting up Davis signs; I hope they are volunteers and not officials. I would hate to think my tax dollars are being spent in that fashion, but in either case they should be ready and at the attention of the people who need help, not putting up signs.

    Please visit http://www.votearthurturner.com to learn more about the man that should fill the County Council District 6 seat. Direct others to the website to learn more about Arthur Turner just incase Davis’s followers begin ripping up signs like last year. Arthur Turner must really be a threat if they would go to such lengths. Over 20 years of “Leading” community services speaks volumes about him.

    Mo

    August 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    • Since I don’t live in District 6, I am not going to personally endorse any candidate in this race (thus, my approval of the comment does not indicate an endorsement of Arthur Turner). However, I do encourage voters in District 6, if they haven’t already learned from the fiasco of having Leslie Johnson as their representative for the past few months, to please attend forums, question candidates, thoroughly review their financial contributors, and make an informed decision when you go to the polls to vote. If you can’t find a worthy candidate, then file and run on your own. We need fair and balanced Council representatives who are a voice for their constituents, not unions, other elected officials, developers, etc.

      The Prince George’s County Firefighters & Paramedics Association did provide an official response to the claim that they are putting up signs for Derrick Leon Davis, which I will share with you here. You can decide on your own whether their endorsement and support of his candidacy makes him worthy of representing you.

      Prince Georges County nor the Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department endorse candidates for elected office. However, the Prince Georges County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association, the union which represents Fire Department employees, has endorsed Derrick Leon Davis for County Council. This morning, off duty members wearing Fire Fighters Union T-Shirts, and using their own personal vehicles, were installing campaign signs in authorized locations. No on duty personnel were utilized nor were any county vehicles. I hope that this clarifies any questions or concerns that you may have. Please feel free to contact me if I may be of further assistance.

      Respectfully,

      Andrew Pantelis
      President
      Prince Georges County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association

      pgd9politico

      August 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      • Thank you Mr. Pantelis for your time and effort in replying to this posting, this completely resolves my concern regarding if our tax dollars were being used to post up Davis signs. Thanks again.

        Mo

        August 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

  3. I’d like to thank the Arthur Turner camp for dumping their trash in the ether of the internet and not the streets.

    No one has rubber stamped A THING. I’m not a resident of District 6, but Baker does not control my vote and I doubt he has any sort of mind control power over anyone, since that seems to be the way you guys are spinning this. The County Executive, to my knowledge, hasn’t even come out in any official status to endorse one candidate or the other. All he’s done, is made his preference known. A preference we’ve known for over a year. No news.

    As for “Rod”‘s muck– thanks for the RUMORS. That’s exactly what voters need: baseless accusations and insinuations. Yes, “Rod”, that’s what’s going to get us back on track. Not facts, just fantasy.

    Funny thing is, I have friends, too! You know what my friends are saying? They’re whispering in my ear nasty little things about under-the-table money flowing from the Michael Company to Arthur Turner’s pockets. But hey, it’s all hearsay, and that’s what some desperate men like to rely on. Though those Turner posters appear to share some strange symbiotic relationship to those of the Michael Company posters.

    Just hearsay.

    Karl

    Karl Bowman

    August 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  4. I would be hard pressed to vote for someone who has an early endorsement from the County Executive who lives in District 5. What happened to transparency, what happened to the cry of the people that they did not want rubber stamping? Why would anyone want someone to represent them who may have been a poor performer in another life? Why should the people accept someone who already has the support of the County Executive and if it is true, the support of several of the County Council members. The people of District 6 must do their homework and demand in these forums to get real answers…is your campaign being financed to some extent by the people you seek to sit with and make decisions on behalf of the people? If you are getting that much support from our current government, what will be different? There are eleven candidates, why must we jump behind someone because those we want to represent us tell us by their deeds that this is what they must do? We say that we are the most intelligent people of color and the most affluent in not just this country but the world then is not it time that we DEMAND service deserving of our status? Or is it that we just want to brag about our education and our salaries but put nothing behind? wake up everybody, no more sleeping in bed…the person in this position must earn the people’s respect and there should be no questions about whose hip pocket they ride in!

    ondelia henry

    August 17, 2011 at 12:53 am

    • Ondelia, I agree with you and with PGD9Politico. Just as I’m not won over by the County Exec and Firefighters telling me who THEY want to represent me and my neighbors, I’m not enchanted either by negative campaigning and digs where there are no real proposals and committments being made, by partisans of other candidates in the race. No, “People for Change” has not struck THIS voter as having my best interests at heart, EITHER. The fact is we have a very unimpressive field of candidates. Part of that is the flight from PG county of many really fine people over the years. They’ve flown not because of race or ethnicity, IMO, but rather, just because they got tired of business as usual and cronyism. They are active in civic affairs — somewhere else. I talk with people, in my work, who have relatives who still live in the County. MANY of these former residents tell me about how they feel sorry that their relatives have not been able to move, either because of age or economic circumstances. These former residents are often unpleasantly surprised at how outdated many County policies are.

      IMO, CE Baker is concentrating, or being urged to concentrate, far too much on the economics of bringing businesses to the county. His administration is wrong to ignore the real quality-of-live issues that affect whether people who work for area firms want to LIVE in this county. Yes, we now have (too many?) large and expensive homes. But as long as we still have a politics where developers and bureacrats rather than citizens get to say how we live together, PG county may remain a competitor more often overlooked than selected for company headquarters.

      Candidates for D6 that provide ways to truly contact them and talk with them and find out where they stand, will be most likely to get my vote. I’m not interested in any “forums” where selections among the candidates have been determined by unseen hands!

      Linda Saffell

      August 26, 2011 at 1:02 am

  5. To Karl, thanks for your involvement in the district 6 special election. Even though you don’t live in the district It’s a great thing that you’re actively engaged in the conversations. Regarding the rumors and hearsay, all I can say is It’s still a rumor for a reason. Fact is the County Executive has shown interest alone, and you are correct he has not officially endorsed Davis. My concern is that with a split decision on his 50 million dollar development proposal the next county council member will be the deciding factor in that vote. When leadership shows interest in something or someone It’s usually for the benefit of that swing vote. Again rumors stay rumors until they are confirmed as fact but thanks for your input It’s great that so many are actively involved in these discussions that impact us all. Thanks again Karl. Regarding your friends and their source of information please post the link so that I can be informed.

    Mo

    August 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  6. Mo,

    I just had to say something, because it looks like people (and, from past experience, I’d image these being People For Change, perhaps? The notorious political, rent-seeking organization bent on succeeding the Johnson Dynasty, armed with an obama-esk neo-con name and a serious lust for power, it would appear) are just pouring onto your site just to throw out their hypocritical trash. I’m sorry it had to be your page.

    All I wanted was some sober analysis of the upcoming election. But the comments above just got “my goat”. These comments are just so over the top and devoid of any rationality or fact.

    I like the minimalist layout, though.

    Karl.

    Karl Bowman

    August 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

  7. I stubbled upon this blog as I was looking for candidate information to share with my HOA. I am a resident of District 6 and we’d like to know more factual information and position information from the candidates. I am new to the county and somewhat shocked at the tolerance level and lack of accountability that residents demand of it’s elected officials here. I would challenge anyone living in District 6, DO YOUR HOME WORK, prior to casting your vote! Accountablity is paramount. The county executive can have his opinion, the fire fighters can have there opinion, the bottom line… Who will manage and address the concerns and issues in our district? Who will put ethics before greed? Who will remove there ego and focus on the needs of the community? Who will think outside the box? Who will commit to this district and create an office which prides itself on transparency? Who will committ to quartley meetings within the district? Who has a plan? The county and the state has had it’s fill of business as usual in this county. Whoever’s elected in this district MUST put the concerns of this district FIRST! We can not and should not tolerate business as usual. We don’t need a puppet or a figure head. We need a worker bee! You must earn our vote! We can no longer stomach a culture of ENTITLEMENT! PG County must GROW UP and it’s elected official must mature and move into the 21st century. The county and the state deserve better. I will engage my neighbors and share any and all information about the candidates that you post here. Thanks!

    Rodell R. Wright

    August 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  8. Very insightful and well written. Keep up the good work.

    Reginald Johnson

    September 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm


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