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Ivey vows to 'hit the ground running' in 4th District

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON -- Glenn F. Ivey, the former Prince George's County State's Attorney who is seeking the House seat being left open by Rep. Donna F. Edwards, said Friday his name recognition after two countywide campaigns and his background on Capitol Hill will allow him to "hit the ground running" in what may be one of the state's mostly closely watched primaries next year.

Ivey, who filed to run for the seat against Edwards in 2012 but backed out, won elections for State's Attorney in 2002 and 2006 and the attorney has subsequently remained closely plugged in with power brokers in Prince George's County, where most of the 4th Congressional District's voters live.

"I've been in public service for most of my career and certainly have enjoyed it and have demonstrated success with it," Ivey said in an interview Wednesday after he announced his candidacy. "As far as I know I'll be the only candidate in the field who has...not only name recognition but also positive name recognition."

Ivey, a 54-year-old Cheverly resident, worked for longtime Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, former Maryland Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He is currently an attorney at Leftwich & Ludaway, a Washington firm, and is focused on white collar criminal defense, congressional investigation and civil litigation.

Ivey could face former lieutenant governor Anthony G. Brown, who many Democrats expect to enter the race and who would likely also have high name recognition, having spent millions in the Washington media market in last year's gubernatorial election.

Brown ultimately lost that race to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Ivey is married to Jolene Ivey, who ran against Brown as a lieutenant governor candidate with former Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

"I'd be able to hit the ground running," Ivey said Wednesday. "I wouldn't have a steep learning curve when I get there."

Edwards announced Tuesday that she is running for the Senate seat being left open by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. She has held the seat since winning a special election in 2008. The district is based in Prince George's but includes a wide swath of Anne Arundel County.

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