A current councilman, former Chamber of Commerce leader and a member of the Democratic Central Committee all top the list of more than twenty-five people who hope to replace now-former Bowie City Councilwoman Geraldine Valentino-Smith. Smith who was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates last month stepped down from her seat on the council to prepare for her new role in Annapolis. Those bidding to replace her are pretty much a who’s who in Bowie making for no clear front-runner in the bid to replace the at-large council-member.
In looking at the more than two dozen citizens who threw their hat in the ring there may not be a clear favorite but there are a few out front of the rest;
District 3 Council-member Todd Turner- First elected to the Bowie City Council in 2005, Turner was reelected in 2007 and 2009. Professionally he works for the Prince George’s County Council no one should be surprised to see him be promoted to a position in the Baker administration after being charged with coordinating their primary-election day campaign in the Bowie area. The question on this issue is why would Turner, a current member of the council, want to be appointed to the At-Large vacancy? Rumor is that Turner could be planning for a future run for either Mayor, Delegate in the 23rd district, or even the County Council after Ingrid Turner is termed out in four years.
Craig Muckle- Known by some as the man who is everywhere, Craig Muckle works full-time as the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Safeway’s Eastern Division. Apart from his work at Safeway Muckle is the former chair of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce and 2nd Vice Chair of the Greater Washington Urban League.
Ronald Skotz- Ronald Skotz works for the Central Maryland Regional Transit and until recently was a member of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee. Close to the 23rd district team like Turner, Skotz was recently re-appointed to another term on the Bowie Planning Committee.
The task to replace Valentino-Smith will be no little one at all. The person appointed to the seat will have to run to keep it in just months when the city holds their bi-annual elections in 2011. The Mayor and Council will meet on December 13th to hear from all of the applicants before making their final decision probably in January.