Ward 1: Edward Ricks hadn’t served on the council since 1988 when he returned in 2011. Clearly, he, too, has deep institutional knowledge. Ricks helped lead the fight to keep Laurel’s historic MARC station open when the Maryland Department of Transportation sought consolidation of the Laurel stop outside the racetrack. He also has the support of Mayor Craig Moe, whose leadership of Laurel has been exemplary. Carl DeWalt has been knocking on the door for a while, and we believe it’s time he got his chance. A Laurel police officer for 28 years as well as a long-serving volunteer with Maryland Special Olympics, the Laurel Board of Trade, Lions Club and Fraternal Order of Police, his commitment to the community appears unquestionable. We admire his attention to veterans, retired law enforcement, equitable hiring and safety.