Nine candidates are vying for the seven at-large Greenbelt district council seats in the upcoming election, including a homeless man who also ran in 2011.
In addition to the seven incumbents, who are all running for re-election, two challengers have also filed to run in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
One, William Orleans, resides in Greenbelt, but maintains no fixed address, said Elections Clerk Cindy Murray. Orleans is a regular attendee of City Council meetings. Orleans was the sole challenger in 2011, earning 4.4 percent of the total votes cast in the eight-candidate race.
Orleans has no contact information listed other than a post office box.
The second challenger in the race, Susan Stewart, did not immediately return requests for comment via phone and email.
Voters may cast up to seven votes for candidates to fill the two-year term seven council seats.
At the start of the new term, the council votes for one member to serve as mayor and another to serve as mayor pro tem, according to the city charter.
Greenbelt’s current mayor, Judith “J” Davis, was first elected to the City Council in 1993 and was elected mayor by the council in 1997, a position she has continued to hold.
Emmett Jordan, the council’s mayor pro tem, made history in 2009 as Greenbelt’s first black council member.
The other five incumbents seeking re-election are Konrad Herling, first elected in 2003; Leta Mach, first elected in 2003; Silke Pope, first elected in 2009; Edward Putens, first elected in 1981 and Rodney Roberts, first elected in 1991.