Upper Marlboro mayor: Racism not a factor in resignation

The mayor of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who announced her resignation earlier this week, said Wednesday that her decision was based on a desire to spend time with her family and not about racist attacks she said she had been subjected to.

Tonga Y. Turner, the mayor and president of the Board of Commissioners, resigned Monday, effective June 30.

But, on Wednesday, she said, “I am not ending my term as the mayor of Upper Marlboro due to any racism or bigotry.”

Turner added that along with her full-time job, she had been working about 90 hours a week, and her sole motivation was to “focus more time and attention with my two small children, both under the age of 10, period.”

“I chose family over service. And I’m proud of that,” Turner said.

In an open letter Monday, Turner announced her resignation (at the time, she said it was effective June 21) and touted achievements…

Original published: 2019-06-12 20:30:35 Read the full Washington News here

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