Mayor, two council seats contested in College Park elections -- Gazette.Net



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The College Park mayor and two council members are facing challengers in the Nov. 5 city elections, which will also usher in two new leaders as a two incumbents leave office.

Robert McCeney, who ran twice unsuccessfully for a District 3 City Council seat, will try to unseat incumbent Mayor Andrew Fellows, who was elected mayor in 2009 after representing District 3 from 2001 to 2007.

Council districts 1 and 3 are competitive races, each having three candidates vying for the two council seats per district.

Districts 2 and 4 will see new faces, as incumbents Robert Catlin (Dist. 2) and Marcus Afzali (Dist. 4) are not seeking re-election. Newcomers P.J. Brennan (Dist. 2) and Alan Hew (Dist. 4) are unopposed and will join incumbents Monroe Dennis and Denise Mitchell, respectively.

McCeney, an elementary school teacher in 2011 who did not return repeated calls regarding his current job title, ran for District 3 council in 2009 and 2011, garnering 14 percent and 17 percent of the vote.

Fellows, who also works as Chesapeake Region director for the environmental nonprofit Clean Water Action, was unopposed in the last two mayoral elections.

In District 1, there is a three-way race for the two seats between challenger Benjamin S. Mellman, an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and incumbents S.M. Fazlul Kabir, a software engineer, and Patrick L. Wojahn, an attorney.

District 1 in the north of the city includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Hollywood, Daniels Park and portions of Oak Springs and Cherry Hill.

District 2 in the mid-east area of the city includes the neighborhoods of Ranchville, Berwyn, Lakeland, a portion of Oak Springs and the south portion of the University of Maryland campus.

District 3 will see newcomer Matthew Popkin, a public policy graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, running against incumbents Robert W. Day and Stephanie E. Stullich for the two district seats.

District 3 in the south of the city encompasses the neighborhoods of Calvert Manor, Yarrow, College Park Estates, Calvert Hills, a small southeast portion of the university campus and Old Town, College Park’s downtown area and Fraternity Row.

There are only two candidates for the two seats in District 4, the mid-west area of the city, which includes the neighborhoods of College Park Woods, Crystal Springs, most of Cherry Hill and Autoville.

Mitchell was first elected to the council in 2009. She is CEO of EEM&J Child Care Solutions. Hew is self-employed in computer support.

Afzali, who was also elected to represent District 4 in 2009, will not return for a third term.

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