Prince George’s County officials are mourning the death of Mount Rainier City Councilwoman Alta Morton, Dist. 1. Morton died on July 8 from complications of sickle cell anemia.

“It is with profound sadness that I am ordering the flags to be lowered half mast in honor of the life and legacy of Ms. Alta Morton, Ward One Mount Rainier City Council Member,” said Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson in a statement. “All county flags will remain half mast until sunset on the day of her funeral services.”

Morton, 50, had been battling the disease for some time, even while she was serving in her capacity as councilwoman. During her re-election campaign, Morton thanked her colleagues for supporting her through her crisis.

“Again, I want to thank my colleagues for supporting me, even when hindered by fatigue, sickness, and disappointment … we all press on,” she said in a campaign statement. “Thank you, the residents; it is with your support that we are able to do so much.”

In addition to being on the City Council, Morton was the policy director for Prince George’s County Councilwoman Andrea Harrison and liaison to District 5 municipalities where her focus was land use, planning and development.

Morton also had a background in the housing industry, as she was experienced in lending and counseling consumers. Johnson said he not only mourns the loss of a friend, but the death of a community leader.

“My prayers are with her family and her daughter Alexandra, friends and Mount Rainier Ward One residents, who in 2005 and again in 2009 elected a conscientious and focused public servant,” Johnson added.

She is survived by her daughter Alexandra, who is currently attending American University.


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO