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PG County Holds Special Primary Election

Leslie Johnson's District 6 seat to be filled

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Prince George's County is holding a special election for District 6 on Tuesday, to fill the county council seat vacated in the wake of Leslie Johnson's bribery scandal.
Armando Trull
Prince George's County is holding a special election for District 6 on Tuesday, to fill the county council seat vacated in the wake of Leslie Johnson's bribery scandal.

In Maryland's Prince George's County, a special primary election is being held Tuesday to fill the District 6 county council seat vacated by Leslie Johnson. 

A total of 14 candidates are vying for the position -- 14 Democrats and one Republican. Prince George's is considered a heavily Democratic county, so the winner of the Democratic primary usually wins handily in the general election, which is to be held Oct. 18.

The election is expected to bring the Leslie Johnson scandal nearer to closure. Johnson pleaded guilty to evidence tampering in a federal corruption case targeting her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson. FBI wiretaps snared the Johnsons as they colluded to destroy a $100,000 bribery check. Mrs. Johnson hid $80,000 in cash in her undergarments when FBI agents raided the couple’s home.

Mrs. Johnson, who had been elected to the council shortly before her arrest, took her oath of office and continued to hang on to her six figure job even after pleading guilty.

She finally resigned after very public calls for her to step down from county executive Rushern Baker, fellow councilmembers, prominent county residents and editorials.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

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