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Enlarging Prince George’s Council too costly, citizen activists say

More than two dozen citizen activists voiced strong opposition Monday night to a measure that would add two new at-large seats on the Prince George’s County Council, arguing the costs outweigh the benefits to residents.

Lawmakers introduced the proposed charter amendment last month to increase the size of the council from nine to 11 members, two of whom would be elected countywide and represent the interests of the entire population.

Council Chair Derrick Leon Davis (D-Mitchellville) said the change would discourage parochialism among the nine district representatives and allow experienced legislators more time in office so that they can help advance county interests regionally. Under the legislation, current term-limited council members would be eligible to run for the new positions in 2018.

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