Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of candidates in the Democratic primary for governor.
On a recent Sunday morning, less than 40 days before voters cast the first ballots in Maryland’s race for governor, Democrat Rushern L. Baker III was up before dawn for a grueling task unlikely to earn him many votes.
He was going to drive 60 miles to Frederick to run a half marathon even though he hadn’t trained. The event would cut into precious time to campaign and — most importantly — take care of his wife of three decades.
The race, Baker said, was the right thing to do. It cleared his head, honored a commitment and helped ensure his health...