WASHINGTON — With Rushern Baker limited to two terms — and also seeking the Maryland governorship — Prince George’s County’s voters have a slew of potential candidates to choose from during the primaries on Tuesday. Nine Democrats, and one Republican, are vying for the spot.
Prince George’s County is an overwhelmingly Democratic area of the D.C. region (as of 2016, there are 454,428 registered Dems to 43,135 Republicans). Which would suggest that the winner of the Democratic primary is all but assured a victory come November.
Here are the candidates:
Jerry Mathis: Mathis is the lone red horse in Prince George’s sea of blue.
His platform is centered on education, public safety, economics, care for older citizens and growth.
Her platform ranges from education, economics and public safety to youth sports.
Sam Bogley: Bogley served as lieutenant governor 40 years ago in Maryland. He does not appear to have a campaign page established online. The Washington Post describes him as a “black sheep” who was shunted off to the side in the late ’70s under then-Gov. Harry Hughes.
Billy Bridges: Bridges is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He served in accounting, auditing and law enforcement. He has spent 20 years with Prince George’s County Public Schools. His top campaign promise is to “Bring Prayer Opportunities back to Public Schools.”
Others include a focus on education, economics, safety and law enforcement.
Donna Edwards: Former Rep. Edwards is considered a serious contender against Alsobrooks for the nomination. First elected in 2008, she represented the county until 2017.
Her platform centers on innovation, development, education and government accountability.
Michael E. Kennedy: Kennedy’s website website, listed on the Maryland Board of Elections site, features many bizarre claims. Student-run paper The Diamondback called his site, or at least the content on it, offensive.
Paul Monteiro: Monteiro is a lifelong Prince George’s resident. He also served on the 2008 Obama campaign as the national deputy director for religious outreach.
According to his website, he believes strongly in cultural stewardship, a level economic playing field, education and justice.
Anthony C. Muse: Born in Baltimore, Muse is a three-term member of the Maryland Senate and a former member of the House of Delegates. He served a single term in the House. He is also married to Pat Lawson Muse, a local TV news anchor.
His platform is focused on education, health care, Prince George’s economics and the environment.
Tommie Thompson: Thompson is another lifelong resident of Prince George’s. His primary focus is on education, with an eye toward economic development and care for elder citizens.