Bowie’s council members will be a set of familiar faces for the next two years.
In Bowie’s sole contested district race, incumbent Henri Gardner, who represents District 3, which includes most of southern Bowie around the Bowie Town Center, was re-elected Tuesday with the majority of the vote - 74.79 percent.
This is Gardner’s second victory against his opponent, Babatunde Alegbeleye, who garnered 25.12 percent of the vote.
Gardner won the District 3 seat in 2011 with about 79 percent of the vote against Alegbeleye, who received 21 percent.
“I am, of course, pleased with the outcome. The voters have spoken, and I will, as I have previously, continue to work on behalf of Bowie’s residents,” Gardner said after election results were released around 11 p.m. Tuesday. “I am grateful for all those who supported me.”
All other incumbents, including Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson, were also re-elected.
One advisory question was placed on the ballot, asking residents whether they support four-year terms for council members instead of their current two-year terms.
About 66 percent of residents voted in favor of extending council members’ terms, with about 34 percent voting against it.
“I believe in order to make a change you need the time to do that, and two years is not enough,” said Alice Lanire, 53, who lives on Easton Drive.