Attorney General Brian E. Frosh endorsed Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III on Wednesday in the race for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.
The attorney general is the second statewide elected official to throw his support behind Baker in the eight-candidate race. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen previously endorsed the two-term Prince George’s executive.
Explaining his endorsement, Frosh pointed to Baker’s record as Prince George’s executive since 2010.
“When he took office, the county was struggling. Crime was up, foreclosures were at a record high, and the county was engulfed in a scandal,” Frosh said. “The county is now thriving, unemployment is down, crime is way down. Rushern has the ability, the intelligence, and the experience to make Maryland a better state.”
In choosing Baker, Frosh passed over his former Maryland Senate colleague from Montgomery County and close ideological ally, Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. The other candidates are Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, former NAACP national president Ben Jealous, lawyer Jim Shea, entrepreneur Alec Ross, consulting business owner Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and former White House aide Krish Vignarajah.