LANHAM – The wheel continues to turn as candidates have begun to line up for Rep. Donna Edwards’ (D-Md.) seat in the House of Representatives after she announced last week she will run for Senate in the 2016 election. Edwards’ made her announcement after Senator Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement. Former Prince George’s County State’s […]
LANHAM – The wheel continues to turn as candidates have begun to line up for Rep. Donna Edwards’ (D-Md.) seat in the House of Representatives after she announced last week she will run for Senate in the 2016 election.
Edwards’ made her announcement after Senator Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement.
Former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey said Wednesday he plans to run for the District 4 Congressional seat Wednesday.
Ivey said he looks forward to bringing some reforms he worked hard on in office, such as safety in neighborhoods, law enforcement reform, reducing crime and making schools and jobs more obtainable.
“Now, the time has come for me to return to public life, but I need your support,” Ivey said. “Together, we can champion the struggle to improve our schools, build a new economy that provides good jobs that pay a living wage, continue to reduce crime, and address the mortgage foreclosure disaster that continues to threaten hardworking people.”
Ivey said his work throughout his career allowed him to get acquainted with Washington, D.C., improving others’ lives, but his family is in the county and he understands the need to garner county residents’ support.
“The people of this district deserve a Congress that works for them – that spends less time fighting with each other and more time fighting for you. With your help, I would like to get back in the ring and continue the fight to help people improve their lives and achieve their dreams,” Ivey’s statement read.
Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown also announced his plans to run for Edwards’ House seat. The announcement comes just four months after Brown lost his bid to become governor of Maryland last November.
“I decided that I would run for office once again only if I believed in my heart that I still had something to give back to our community – the community where I’ve raised my children and dedicated my life to public service,” Brown said.
Brown said he remains eager to work toward improving education, national security, employment and affordable housing and law enforcement in an effort to continue the work he had started as a state delegate and lieutenant governor.
“I’m energized to continue the conversation with folks like you about how we can work together to create a better future for our families, our small businesses, our schools and all of our neighborhoods,” Brown said.
Brown and Ivey both said they support Edwards and will try to continue the effort she put in for the district.
Former Prince George’s County Councilwoman Ingrid Turner announced Tuesday she will run for the House seat. Also on Tuesday, Maryland Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D-21), announced her candidacy.
“I am excited to be taking on this new challenge, and am looking forward to representing the people of District 4 in Congress,” she said. “I have represented many part of this district in the Maryland General Assembly and I am familiar with our issues. Job number one is creating and protecting high wage jobs for working families. That means investing in education, health care and transportation; and fight for fair play. I’ve done that for eight years in the legislature and that’s what I’ll fight for in Congress.”
Former state delegate Aisha Braveboy, said she would not be running in the coming months.
“Right now, I am concentrating on getting Congresswoman Donna Edwards elected to the U.S. Senate and have not made any other decisions,” Braveboy wrote in an email.
Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee Chair Cheryl Landis said she anticipates the county having a lot of candidates filing, more than those who have already filed.
“We’re going to have a very healthy primary. We live in a democratic society, so I think that’s a good thing,” Landis said. “But as far as the Central Committee is concerned, we don’t endorse any candidate in the primary cycle.”
Landis said although it is too soon to tell if there is a frontrunner in this race, she hopes to observe public debate and public forums to help voters better understand the candidates.
The open House seat also might have come as a surprise to some, which Landis said “provides an opportunity for candidates — in particular elected officials who have been serving for years — an opportunity to also apply and serve the district themselves.”