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August 30, 2010

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REALTORS® Running for Elective Office

Please make every effort to exercise your right to vote in the Maryland Primary Election on September 14th and the General Election on November 2nd. Furthermore, you may be interested to learn that members of your association, PGCAR, have filed their candidacy for the listed elective offices:

  • Jerry Anzulovic, Democratic Central Committee At Large District 21
  • Beverly Ball, Democratic Central Committee District 47
  • Mia Baytop Russell, Board of Education District 5
  • Del. Aisha Braveboy, House of Delegates District 25
  • Sonatta Camara, Democratic Central Committee District 25
  • Sydney Harrison, County Council District 9
  • Del. Marvin Holmes, House of Delegates District 23B
  • Del. Jolene Ivey, House of Delegates District 47
  • Toni Jarboe Duley, House of Delegates District 27A
  • Casey Lewis, Democratic Central Committee District 23B
  • Jerry Mathis, County Council District 8
  • Carla McClinton, Register of Wills
  • George Mitchell, Board of Education District 9
  • Michael Oputa, House of Delegates District 24
  • Trevor Otts, County Council District 8

(Please note: PGCAR does not endorse candidates)

Early Voting and Absentee Voting

Some of you may be attending the Maryland Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference in Ocean City on Primary Election Day, September 14th and maybe you'll be in New Orleans before the NAR Conference on General Election Day, November 2nd. If so, please take advantage of the opportunity for early voting or absentee voting.

For the primary election, early voting centers will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday September 3, 2010 through Thursday, September 9, 2010, except for Sunday, September 5th when early voting centers are closed.

For the general election, early voting centers will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Please refer to the listed links for complete election information, including specific details on early and absentee voting.

Maryland State Board of Elections:

Prince George's Locations - Early Voting Centers:

How to obtain an absentee ballot:

Download a voter registration form here:

Candidate Forums - Tuesday & Wednesday:

Voting, Forums & Other Important Election Dates:

PGCAR Announces RPAC Support

As an added benefit to our members, during election cycles, the Association puts together a Political Tracking Task Force to interview candidates for County Council and County Executive. The Association sends questionnaires to all registered candidates and the Task Force then interviews the candidates that took the time to respond to our written questionnaire. The questionnaires and interviews concentrate on real estate and property rights related issues as well as other issues that have an impact on real estate.

This year, the Task Force has interviewed many of the candidates for Prince George's County Council and Prince George's County Executive 2010. All of the candidates who were interviewed offer a wide range of personal and career experience. However, elective office is limited to one, so difficult choices had to be made.

With such strong candidates, there were many issues to consider during our discussions. However, after thorough debate and careful deliberation, the Task Force believes that the candidates listed below best share the REALTOR® vision. These candidates demonstrated that they understand the issues of concern to the real estate community, homebuyers, sellers and property owners in Prince George's County.

PGCAR does not endorse candidates; however, the Task Force has recommended RPAC support for the listed candidates:

  • County Executive - Rushern Baker
  • County Council D1 - NO Recommendation
  • County Council D2 - Incumbent Will Campos
  • County Council D3 - Incumbent Eric Olson
  • County Council D4 - Incumbent Ingrid Turner
  • County Council D5 - Incumbent Andrea Harrison
  • County Council D6 - Candidate Leslie Johnson
  • County Council D7 - Candidate Karen Toles
  • County Council D8 - Unable to reach consensus
  • County Council D9 - Candidate Sydney Harrison

PGCAR Political Tracking Task Force Members 2010:
Linda Simpson, Chair
Desiree Callender
Boyd Campbell
Joanne Darling
Gloria Farrar
Donald Frederick
Desmond Harley
Patricia Long
Susan Pruden
Bea Rodgers

Please join us at the
Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
Installation of 2011 Officers and Directors

Thursday, September 23
at La Fontaine Bleu
for a celebration and our Annual Installation.

Reception: 11:30 a.m. Dress: Business Attire
Lunch: 12:30 a.m.Tickets: $35 per person

Please Register at by September 15

Or you can print and mail in a registration form by September 14 to PGCAR.

Post Purchase Homeownership Series

Beginning September 8, 7 - 9 pm

The United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) has been Prince George's official community agency since 1978. UCAP is launching a program featuring 6 workshops to help homeowners become more knowledgable about homeownership and reduce or eliminate the possibility of foreclosures:

  • hands-on home maintenance instruction
  • green behaviors
  • energy conservation
  • budgeting
  • good credit maintenance
  • foreclosure prevention and other important subjects.

Registration fee is only $35. Space is limited. Please help spread the word to homeowners. They can contact Nathaniel McDonald for details at (301) 322-5700 X107 or

UCAP has a county-wide reputation and has empowered the lives of tens of thousands of residents with job readiness training, placements, skills upgrades and esteem empowerment. UCAP staff members say that "in order to positively sustain communities, dedication to recovery and reinvestment is vital."

More details about UCAP and the Homeownship Series >

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. is located in Capitol Heights, MD, and can be reached at
(301) 322-5700 -

PEPCO Public Hearing This Thursday, Sept 2

A hearing to receive public comments on the reliability and quality of the electric distribution service of Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) will be held this Thursday, September 2, beginning at 6 p.m. at:

Prince George's Community College, Hallam Theatre
301 Largo Road, Largo, Maryland 20774

Please bring photo ID for entry. To allow all attendees an opportunity to speak, the Commission requests that all oral comments be less than 5 minutes. A sign up sheet will be available at 5:30 p.m. for those wishing to speak during the hearing. Written, signed comments may also be submitted by September 2 to: Terry J. Romine, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, Reference "Case No. 9240 - Public Comment." Full notice >

PGCAR Current Events
Please see other important news from last week's REALTOR® Connection including:


Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2010, PGCAR

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