By unanimous vote, the Prince George’s County Council elected Councilman Mel Franklin (Dist. 9) to serve as its chairman for the 2014 legislative year Tuesday morning.
Franklin, of Upper Marlboro, was elected to his first four-year term in 2010.
“Your faith and confidence in me is humbling, and it is in the spirit of faith and teamwork that I accept the gavel of leadership,” Franklin said.
Franklin said one of the goals of his terms is to help transform Prince George’s County into a destination site for the world.
“Our talented and resilient workers want to work and invest in their own county and draw others to do the same, but transforming into a destination for the world will not happen by accident or coincidence,” Franklin said. “We must take big steps, on purpose, to make this transformation happen for the county we cherish and love.”
The council also elected Will Campos (Dist. 2) as its vice chairman, making history as he becomes the first Latino to serve in a council leadership position.
Campos, of Hyattsville, was first elected to the council in 2004.
“Council member Campos brings broad intellect and unique insights into the issues that confront this council and our county,” Franklin said. “He is blazing a trail of history today as the first Latino to serve in this council’s leadership.”
Franklin also thanked outgoing council chairwoman Andrea Harrison (Dist. 5) of Springdale for her service.
“Her example over the past two years embodies the very essence of strong and principled leadership,” Franklin said.
Harrison was elected to serve as council chairwoman for 2012 and re-elected for 2013. Harrison has served on the council since 2008.
“I thank you for the privilege to lead this county, the grace to lead this council and the opportunity and occasion to tell the story of Prince George’s County,” Harrison said.