Week in Review: Elections, Redistricting and the Thirsty Turtle Saga
A look at the notable events from the week of Oct. 31 - Nov. 7
Plenty happened this past week, but the event that continues to stand out in our minds in blinking, 42-point font is, of course, elections.
The District 2 Board of Education race was arguably the area's most interesting contest. College Park city councilman Mark Cook faced off against Peggy Higgins, the director of College Park Youth and Family Services. Things took a turn into bizarre territory on Monday, when Cook distributed a sample ballot that looked a lot like the one distributed by the Dist. 21 Democratic coalition, with one key difference: the Democrats depicted on both ballots endorsed Peggy Higgins. Cook, however, amended his ballot to say his name instead.
Nevertheless, Higgins won handily, ultimately garnering 68 percent of votes.
As for the county council, the race was primarily defined by incumbents retaining their positions. Will Campos will continue to represent District 2, Eric Olson will remain in District 3, Ingrid Turner will remain in District 4. Click here for the full results.
On Wednesday, the county liquor board voted to revoke the Thirsty Turtle's liquor license, and the College Park City Council opted to hold off on restructuring College Park's districts to include at-large seats.