Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Council gives nod to U.S. 301 car wash project.
Following an election that saw all incumbents returned to office, Bowie City Council members and the mayor were sworn in to new two-year terms Monday night. James Marcos was sworn in as District 1 council member, Diane Polangin District 2, Henri Gardner District 3 and Isaac Trouth District 4. G. Frederick Robinson, who ran for re-election unopposed, was sworn in as mayor. Sworn in as At Large council members were Todd Turner and Dennis Brady, who was first elected to the council in 1994. Polangin was chosen Mayor Pro Tem, and will run council meetings in the mayor’s absence. The council members and mayor each thanked voters for re-electing them. “This was my ninth campaign, and it was the most gratifying,” said Brady. The election results…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
After this month's city elections, the returning incumbents were sworn into their respective seats on the council Monday night before their first official meeting.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
District 2 candidate Pete Mellits said that a political flier sent to voters on Tuesday was misleading.
Tuesday's elections were controversial to say the least. Pete Mellits brought up a misleading campaign flyer endorsing Mayor Robinson and his opponent Diane Polangin, and in the District 3 race, Babatunde Alegbeleye, accused Henri Gardner of unsavory campaign practices: placing signs illegally and violating the mandated 100-foot boundary around the polling entrances. Bowie Patch spoke with Mellits, Polangin and Robinson about the accusations.
See what the candidates themselves had to say about the disagreements in the District 3 election for city council.
Tuesday's elections were controversial to say the least. Pete Mellits brought up a misleading campaign flier endorsing Mayor Robinson and his opponent Diane Polangin, and in the District 3 race, Babatunde Alegbeleye, accused Henri Gardner of unsavory campaign practices: placing signs illegally and violating the mandated 100-foot boundary around the polling entrances. Bowie Patch spoke with Alegbeleye and Gardner about the accusations.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In Polangin vs. Mellits, Polangin wins with 61 percent; day saw charges of an unethical flier and allegations that a candidate campaigned too close to a polling place.
Bowie voters appear to be quite happy with their municipal government. Only about 11 percent of the city’s eligible voters went to the polls yesterday. And those that voted swept Bowie’s incumbent city council back into office. It was also a day where a last minute flier was said to be misleading and unethical and there was a dispute about how close to the polls one candidate was campaigning. There are 40,372 eligible voters in the city, of who 4,420 cast ballots. The turnout, in part, may be attributed to the fact that six-term Mayor G. Frederick Robinson, who received 4,100 votes, ran unopposed, as did District 1 Council member James Marcos, who received 910 votes. “We’re balancing the budget, we’re providing core services,” said …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here are the results from the 2011 city council elections in Bowie.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
*Results as of 9:30 p.m.
Polangin vs. Mellits race seems to be fueling an estimated 50 percent turnout in District 2.
While it was a slow moving election early on in some parts of the city, that wasn’t the case in District 2 where two-term incumbent Council member Diane Polangin was facing challenger Piero “Pete” Mellits. Late afternoon at the Kenhill Center, Chief Election Judge Karen Clabby said about 700 people had voted. She estimated that about 1,000 people in District 2 would vote by 8 p.m. tonight, which she said would be a turnout of about 50 percent of the district’s eligible voters. “It’s been a very diverse group of people voting,” she said. “Seniors and soccer moms during the day, and now that’s its getting later, we are seeing folks coming in to vote straight from work.” Both Polangin, 62, and Mellits, 47, have lived in Bowie most of their …
Election Judges across the city are expecting a larger turnout as people start to get off work.
With polls opening at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, voting is off to a slow start at most locations around Bowie. "Nobody was waiting when we opened up," said John Mulqueen, Chief Election Judge at the polling location for District 1A, at the Huntington Community Center in Old Bowie. And with only 45 voters by late Tuesday morning, Mulqueen commented, "It's been slow." Chief Judge Chris Follett said the same about the polling location for District 2A at Christian Community Presbyterian Church (CCPC). With roughly 77 voters in about five hours, "It's been very, very quiet," said Follett. Abba Polangin, husband of District 2 incumbent Diane Polangin, was outside of CCPC talking to voters as they came in this morning and said that despite the slow…
Monday, November 7, 2011
Turner wants to apply his lifetime of local government expertise city wide.
Editor’s Note: In Tuesday’s Bowie city elections, there are four contested races – District 2, District 3, District 4 and At-Large. Patch is running profiles on the nine candidates in the four contested races. For mayor and District 1, the incumbents are running unopposed. The final installment: The three At-Large candidates vying for two seats. It’s probably difficult to argue against the point that Todd M. Turner, an attorney, is an expert on local government. It’s an expertise that Turner, 44, has spent his entire adult life building. His day job is that of legislative officer for the Prince George’s County Council. He has been Bowie’s District 3 Council member since 2005, where he is also the council’s representative to the …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Young candidate paints himself as the only true fiscal conservative.
Editor’s Note: In Tuesday’s Bowie city elections, there are four contested races – District 2, District 3, District 4 and At-Large. Patch is running profiles on the nine candidates in the four contested races. For mayor and District 1, the incumbents are running unopposed. The final installment: The three At-Large candidates vying for two seats. During the city council election forum at the Kenhill Center, there was one candidate who drove the agenda by causing the incumbents to respond to his comment that the city’s new recycling bin program was too expensive during these recessionary times. There was one candidate calling for Bowie to jumpstart its economy by remarketing itself as a haven for young families. It was the candidate with the…