Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III endorsed Glenn Ivey's bid for the 4th Congressional District on Friday, backing a longtime family friend over a former lieutenant governor and a half dozen other Democratic candidates.
Baker's endorsement, while not unexpected, will serve only to strengthen Ivey's campaign in Prince George's County, where he was twice elected State's Attorney. The 4th District, currently held by Rep. Donna F. Edwards, is based in Prince George's, but also includes a portion of Anne Arundel County.
"I know the field of candidates very well. I've worked with each and every one of them," Baker said. "He is the only person, on Day 1, who's going to be able to go up there and know the ins and outs of the halls of Congres."
The relatively quick endorsement for Ivey represents a departure from last year's Democratic gubernatorial primary, when Baker was torn between backing Ivey's wife, former Del. Jolene Ivey -- who was running for lieutenant governor at the time-- and Anthony G. Brown’s front runner campaign.
Baker never picked a candidate in that contest. And while Brown won the primary, he lost the general election to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Brown, a former Prince George's County state lawmaker, is now running against Glenn Ivey in the 4th District contest.
Brown and Ivey have been among the most aggressive candidates in the field, along with Dels. Dereck E. Davis and Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk. Former county councilwoman Ingrid M. Turner, as well as Howard University professor Alvin Thornton, former candidate Warren Christopher, Lisa R. Ransom and Terence Strait are also running for the open seat.
Edwards is running for the U.S. Senate.
Internals polls released by the Brown and Ivey campaigns have indicated that Brown is leading in the race – by how much depends on the poll -- but Ivey has had a steady lead in fundraising. The candidates will report how much they raised during the third quarter in mid-October.
The primary is April 26.