WASHINGTON -- Former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey is likely to seek the House seat that will be left open by Rep. Donna Edwards' decision to run for Senate, a source close to the Democrat told The Baltimore Sun.
Ivey, who filed to run for the seat against Edwards in 2012 but ultimately backed out. Now that the seat will be open in 2016, it is likely to draw several candidates. The district is considered a safe bet for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.
A source close to former lieutenant governor Anthony G. Brown, meanwhile, said that the Democrat is also thinking about the 4th Congressional District contest. Though he lost to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan last year, Brown performed well in Prince George's County and would make a compelling candidate, several observers said.
Ivey, an attorney, won countywide elections in Prince George's in 2002 and 2006 for state's attorney by wide margins. He would be a formidable challenger in the 4th District, which also includes a large swath of central Anne Arundel County.
He is married to Jolene Ivey, who ran against Brown as a lieutenant governor candidate with former Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.
Edwards announced her decision to run for Senate in a video on Tuesday.
Brown released a congratulatory statement on Edwards' decision to get into the Senate race, stopping short of endorsing her but feeding speculation about his next move.
"Representative Donna Edwards brings a record of progressive values and real results to the Senate race and I applaud her for seeking to serve all Marylanders," Brown said in the statement. "Donna and I have worked together to reduce domestic violence in our communities, provide our Veterans with the services they've earned and deliver hundreds of high paying BRAC jobs to Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County."