Democratic candidate Glenn F. Ivey addresses the audience during the 4th Congressional District debate held at Anne Arundel Community College.
Democratic candidate Glenn F. Ivey addresses the audience during the 4th Congressional District debate held at Anne Arundel Community College. (Matthew Cole / Capital Gazette)

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday endorsed Glenn Ivey in Maryland's 4th Congressional District contest, pointing to the Democrat's crime-fighting efforts as a former Prince George's County State's Attorney.

"I'm supporting Glenn because he has a strong record of fighting for Maryland families, and he will build on the successes of President Obama," Holder said in a new radio ad released by the Ivey campaign that will begin airing Wednesday.

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Ivey, who is running for the nomination in the seat currently held by Rep. Donna F. Edwards, worked for four years as an assistant U.S. attorney under Holder in the early 1990s. He was elected State's Attorney in 2002 and again in 2006.

Ivey is running against six candidates for the nomination in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, including former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk.

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