Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Monday that he will not run to succeed U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, who said earlier this month that he would not seek reelection in 2024.
Olszewski threw his weight behind Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who announced her campaign last week.
“Washington needs a new generation of leadership,” Olszewski said. “And when we elect Angela Alsobrooks, we will have another champion who will build upon the incredible legacy of Senator Ben Cardin, continuing to deliver not just for the Baltimore region, but for the entire state and nation.”
Alsobrooks, who was first elected as Prince George’s County Executive in 2018, said Baltimore was “central” to her career as a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and that she would focus on creating jobs, strengthening education and making health care more accessible for families.
U.S. Rep. David Trone, Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando, and activist Jerome Segal announced their campaigns earlier this month for Cardin’s seat.
Olszewski teased his decision last week during an appearance on WBAL radio, when host T.J. Smith pointed out that his name had been floated as a potential successor for Cardin.
“I was not angling for or preparing for Senator Cardin to retire,” Olszewski said. “I’m talking to my family, and I expect in the next week or so we’ll make an announcement.”
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Olszewski first won election in 2018 as county executive of Baltimore County. He previously considered a 2022 gubernatorial run, but opted to run for re-election instead. He won handily over Republican challenger Pat McDonough in November.
He endorsed former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez for the Democratic nomination for governor last July. Perez lost the primary to Wes Moore, the eventual general election winner.