Wanika Fisher, Eric Olson and Wala Blegay claimed tight victories in the final three Prince George’s County Council races to be decided after last week’s primary elections, potentially cementing a new liberal majority on the board.
Fisher, a lawyer and former state delegate, led Victor Ramirez by just under 500 votes in unofficial results for the District 2 race. In District 3, Olson, a community developer and former county council member, led Eve Shuman, a former regional director for Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D). In District 6, Blegay, an attorney, bested five challengers, trailed most closely by Denise Smith, the communications director for Prince George’s State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy.
Officials completed counting mail-in and provisional ballots Friday afternoon, but candidates have until Monday to petition for a recount. Democratic primary winners will go on to face third-party and Republican candidates in the fall, but their victories are typically decisive in this deep blue county. The only Republican candidate for county council is Gary Falls, who is running in District 7.