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Early voting begins for Laurel City Council elections

The city of Laurel kicks off its 2017 general election with early voting today in contested races for City Council’s at-large, Ward 1 and Ward 2 seats.

Early voting for all wards is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road.

On Election Day, Nov. 7, city residents will head to the polls to vote for five City Council members, who are elected every two years. There will be no mayoral election this year, as it’s held every four years.

For the at-large seat, long-time Councilman Michael Leszcz runs for re-election against two-time candidate Jeffrey Mills, who unsuccessfully ran for a Ward 1 seat in 2015.

Incumbent council members H. Edward Ricks and Valerie Nicholas also return to the Ward 1 ballot with former Laurel Police officer Carl DeWalt. DeWalt also ran in 2015, but finished third behind Nicholas.

In Ward 2, challengers Thomas Matthews, Adrian Rousseau and Keith Sydnor join Councilman Frederick Smalls in the race for two seats. Councilwoman Donna Crary, who has served since 2008, did not run for re-election.

Polls will be open Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center for Ward 1 residents and the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St., for Ward 2 residents.

The newly elected City Council will be sworn-in Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. For more information on the 2017 general election, go to cityoflaurel.org.

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