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Voters To Choose Successor To Leslie Johnson

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County residents will be heading to the polls to choose a successor to former Councilwoman Leslie Johnson.

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

Turnout is expected to be light Tuesday in the overwhelmingly Democratic county.

The winner of special election will replace Johnson, who pleaded guilty in June to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe that also ensnared her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 9.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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