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Kabir Officially Beats Nagle by Two Votes for Council Seat

Absentee and provisional ballots swung the vote count in favor of Fazlul Kabir, who beat incumbent Christine Nagle by two votes.

“There’s only one thing worse than being a politician — an ex-politician,” Chuck Smolka joked with former College Park Councilwoman Maxine Gross. 

“How about a reformed politician?” Gross joked back.

The two election supervisors were in the midst of counting votes from Tuesday’s District 1 race, and in the presence of an almost-new politician.

“It’s like a drama,” said of the experience late Wednesday afternoon, watching the Board of Election Supervisors count the votes from the District 1 council election. After several recounts, it was decided Kabir beat incumbent , 306 to 304 votes.

It was a flip-flop from the unofficial vote count the night before, when absentee and provisional ballots were not factored. As of the end of the night Tuesday, Nagle was ahead of Kabir by nine votes.

Nagle said on Tuesday night that if she lost, she would still be involved with the city, specifically to weigh in on the Greenbelt Metro Sector Plan, which will impact North College Park.

“I’m definitely not going to fade away,” she said.

Nagle said that an election like this really shows how important it is that people make it to the polls.

“I hope they appreciate, in an election like this, every vote counts,” she said.

Of the 33 absentee ballots issued by deadline for District 1 voters, 25 were returned and valid. Three provisional ballots for the district were also factored in.

Kabir was cautiously optimistic that Wednesday’s count would be in his favor. He said that last night, he counted about 20 neighbors who said they submitted absentee ballots and voted for him.

As District 1 votes were counted and re-counted for two hours, his son, a junior business student at the University of Maryland, sat next to him.

“It was really nerve-wracking,” Arif Kabir said. “I had to leave at one point because it was too much.”

was the top vote getter in District 1 for the third year in a row, earning officially 356 votes.

mj23 November 10, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Sad day for those of us who live in District 1 -- the one councilmember who actually listened to the residents is now gone. Thank you Christine for all you did over the past two years!!! Certainly don't have confidence for the future :-(
SF November 10, 2011 at 02:29 AM
congratulations to Kazlul Kabir. Excellent campaign work.
Fazlul Kabir November 10, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I'd like to take a moment to appreciate all my neighbors and residents for giving me the opportunity to serve District 1 in the next two years. I'm truly humbled. I'd also like to thank Christine Nagle for running an excellent campaign that has brought us so close. Chris and I have worked together at the Board of Directors of the Civic association, and I know how terrific community leader she is. I look forward to continuing to work with Chris and benefiting as a community from her years of service and specialization in particular in the areas of Neighborhood Watch and Route 1 revitalization efforts. I'd also like to congratulate Council member Patrick Wojahn on his reelection. As many of you know, Patrick and I have worked together in organizing College Park Day and a number of other community projects. District 1 faces some real challenges that include public safety, quality of life due to vacant / foreclosed houses and Route 1 / Hollywood commercial district revitalization. In the next two years, Patrick and I will work together as a team to serve District 1 residents on these issues. Thank you all again!
Msabr November 12, 2011 at 05:48 PM
MJ23 despair not. While Christine has done a fine job, change is inevitable and not quite often brings better things. I'm sure Mr. Kabir will do an excellent job serving our neighborhood and representing the interests of all who live in his district. Let's give him our well-earned support.
Msabr November 12, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Oops slip of the keyboard....I meant change often than not, brings about better things.

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