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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.
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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.

A special election is underway in Prince George's County to replace a councilwoman who resigned after pleading guilty in a notorious corruption case

Sixth District Councilwoman Leslie Johnson resigned over the summer after pleading guilty in a federal corruption probe that netted her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson.

Leslie Johnson was accused of trying to destroy evidence as FBI agents knocked on the door of her Mitchellville, Md., home last November. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering. Her husband also pleaded guilty in the case. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 9.

Derrick Leon Davis won a 14-way Democratic primary last month to fill Johnson’s District 6 seat. Davis is a former school system official and current chairman of the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund. He is facing a challenge from Day Gardner, a businesswoman who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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