The special primary election for the Prince George’s County Council seat vacated by Monique Anderson-Walker (D-District 8) will be held Jan. 4, the council said Monday, providing a preview of what are shaping up to be contentious races across the county a few months later.
School board member Edward Burroughs III, 29, a vocal critic of the county’s Democratic establishment, announced his candidacy the same day that Anderson-Walker resigned. The next day, former county council member Tony Knotts said he would enter the race. Knotts said in an interview that he did not want to criticize Burroughs, but believes that his long experience and role as a “consensus-builder” make him a strong candidate.
“I am concerned that we have such a divide with our people,” Knotts said, citing divisions between Democrats that have deepened amid a politically fraught redistricting process. “That is why it is important to provide stability. … I think I can provide that.”