By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor
Election Day in Prince George’s County Maryland is a major affair. The County is Maryland’s second most populous county with close to a million residents (967,201) and counting. Prince George’s County is also the largest predominantly Black county in Maryland, with close to 60 percent of the population reporting their racial designation as Black on the 2020 U.S. Census.
To that end, there are Black candidates running for every public office from County Executive to school board member.
While the AFRO couldn’t feature all the candidate races in Prince George’s County, we did think it significant to feature the candidates for County Executive. Several former Prince George’s County Executives have eventually become Governor of Maryland, although none in recent years.
Moreover, Prince George’s County is a large, geographically diverse county – a microcosm of the many ways Black people live across the nation. The county incorporates highly urbanized core communities neighboring the District of Columbia, classic suburban communities and rural communities grouped in the County’s Southern rural tier.
Much of the Black community that left D.C. due to gentrification –and the rising cost of housing that comes with it– carried their affordable housing concerns across the border with them when they moved. They settled in neighboring border communities, like in Prince George’s County.
With 27 incorporated municipalities, 56 “census-designated places” and 29 unincorporated communities, Prince George’s County is an important barometer of the State. With the more than 500,000 Black residents, outpacing the 282,066 Black residents of D.C., the AFRO will use the pages reserved for D.C. and surrounding areas to expand coverage in communities where Black people live in Maryland as well as the District.
Our goal is to include more stories about Prince George’s County on the D.C. and surrounding areas page. Look at some of our other Prince George’s candidates on this week’s Lifestyle page. Moreover, from now on, take a look at our new coverage of what is happening in the many, diverse Black communities of Prince George’s County.
Primary Election Day is July 19. And I don’t have to tell you – every Black vote makes the difference.
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