The 2011 Redistricting Commission was appointed pursuant to the prescriptions of Section 305 of the County Charter, which states, in pertinent part, that "[T]he boundaries of Council districts shall be reestablished in 1982 and every tenth year thereafter. Whenever district boundaries are to be reestablished the Council shall appoint, not later than February 1 of the year prior to the year in which redistricting is to be effective, a commission on redistricting."
Thusly, the Council adopted CR-2-2011, appointing the 2011 members of the Redistricting Commission and charging this public body with the mission to "prepare, publish, and make available a plan of Council districts and shall present that plan, together with a report explaining it, to the Council on or before September 1, 2011 ..." and further prescribed in accordance with law that "the plan shall provide for Council districts that are compact, contiguous, and equal in population".
Council Resolution Appointing Redistricting Commission
2011 Prince George's County Redistricting Commissioners
Sharon R.Taylor, Chair
Sharon Taylor is a communications professional with extensive experience in business and government. She currently serves as director of communications for the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff. Taylor joined the Prince George’s County government in 2004 as a communications strategist in the Office of the County Executive. Within a year of her appointment, she was assigned to the Prince George’s County Police Department to support its communications strategy and to assist in marketing the department’s reforms and successes. She joined the Department as director of communications in September 2005 where she served until September 2008. Ms. Taylor is active in the community, having served as public relations director of the Community Public Awareness Council (C-PAC), a county non-profit diversion and mentoring program designed to keep young people out of the criminal justice system. In 2009, Taylor organized a Census and Redistricting panel for the Prince George’s County African American Democratic Club to discuss and illuminate the relationship between the two and their importance to the community. She has published articles about both subjects and appeared on national and local radio to discuss the importance of responding to the Census and a fair redistricting process.
David C. Harrington
Mr. Harrington served in the Maryland State Senate from 2008-2010. As State Senator for Prince George’s County, Maryland-State Legislator, he was chiefly responsible for drafting and submitting legislation; passed over twenty bills; chaired the Task Force on Physical Education; co-chaired the Green Caucus; awarded Legislator of the Year by the League of Conservation Voters; awarded Legislative Champion for non-profits by Human Services Coalition. From 2002-2008, Mr. Harrington served as a member of the Prince George’s County Council, ending his tenure as Council Chair. Representing District 5, he was responsible for local legislation and land use law; chaired the Planning and Zoning, and Housing committees; passed legislation including innovative economic development initiatives, environmental and zoning laws. He is former Mayor of the Town of Bladensburg; Past President of the Maryland Municipal League; and a senior fellow and faculty member at the University of Maryland James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.
Tamara Davis Brown
An attorney by profession, Mrs. Brown specializes in wireless telecommunications and primarily practices before the Federal Communications Commission. She also specializes in entertainment law and copyright and trademark law, representing artists and writers in their contract negotiations. An avid community activist, she serves on the board of the Windbrook Area Citizens Association; helped to organize and serve on a panel regarding homeownership and foreclosure prevention; and, appointed to the Maryland Consumer Council by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, she was instrumental in the 2010 and 2011 passage of legislation mandating mediation between mortgage lenders and homeowners before foreclosure cases can be filed. Tamara Davis Brown is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and as Connection Chair of her chapter, Upsilon Tau Omega in Ft. Washington, MD, she assisted the chapter in hosting a Town Hall meeting with U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) on the importance of Census. She served as an official Census 2010 partner for her chapter.
2011 Redistricting Commission Meeting Updates
Redistricting Commission Meeting Schedule
2011 Redistricting Commission Plan and Report
Comments on Redistricting
The Comment Box is now closed for comments. The final hearing on the 2011 Redistricting process will be held September 27, 2011. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide comment and testimony on the proposed Plan and Report. Citizens planning to attend the hearing are also encouraged to contact the Office of the Clerk of the Council at 301.952.3600 or TDD 301.925.5167 to submit your name, address, and telephone number for placement on the public hearing speaker’s sign-up form. Citizens may also submit comment or testimony in writing to: 2011 Redistricting County Council Public Hearing, c/o Office of the Clerk of the Council, Room 2198, County Administration Building, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 20772.
2011 Proposed Plan and Report Due to County Council on September 1, 2011
The 2011 Redistricting Commission will submit its proposed 2011 Plan and Report to the County Council on September 1, 2011. The proposed 2011 Plan will be a re-drafted version of the Redistricting Draft Maps unveiled by the Commission at its last public hearing on August 13, 2011. The re-drafting was based on public comment and testimony received by the Commission at the August 13, 2011 public hearing. Although the Commission has conducted its last public hearing, the Prince George’s County Council will conduct a final public hearing on September 27, 2011, at 7:00 pm in the Council Hearing Room, which is located on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. The hearing will afford the public another opportunity to provide comment and testimony on the proposed Plan and Report.