In a move that could open another front in Maryland's increasingly contentious 2012 election cycle, former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey said through a spokesman Tuesday that he may run for the U.S. House from Maryland's newly redrawn 4th Congressional District.
Ivey, a Democrat, would face incumbent Rep. Donna F. Edwards in the new district, which now includes not only Prince George's County but also far more conservative sections of Anne Arundel County. The district was redrawn during last week's special session of the General Assembly, despite objections from Edwards.
With the state's primary set for April 3, time is tight.
"Glenn Ivey is moving full speed ahead," said spokesman Ramon Korionoff, who also worked with Ivey in Prince George's County. "He's laying the foundation for a congressional run and he looks forward to serving the people of the newly formed 4th District."
Ivey served as State's Attorney from 2003 until this year and is currently an attorney at the well-known law firm Venable in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Princeton in 1983 and Harvard Law School in 1986.
Edwards attacked the new maps for leaving Montgomery County minorities without African-American representation in Congress, though her critics suggested she also was concerned about just such a primary challenge from a high-profile political figure.
Edwards -- first elected in a special election in 2008 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Al Wynn -- is now in her third term. Her most recent campaign finance report showed that she had $67,031 in bank.
Much of the attention in Maryland for 2012 has so far focused on the newly drawn 6th Congressional District, which will pit incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett against a number of potential Democratic candidates in a far more competitive district. Ivey's entrance could create another potentially competitive race.
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Democrat, has also said he is considering a run in the 4th District.