Sources: Sheriff Jackson will run for Pr. Geo.'s county exec
UPDATE: Jackson has indeed decided to run for county executive, according to several politically connected sources who spoke on condition of anyonimity, including one elected official in the county who said he spoke to Jackson directly.
Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson says he has made up his mind on whether he will run for County Executive in 2010, but added that he is not disclosing his decision until he has had a chance to sit down with his deputies and share it with them first.
"I have made a decision," Jackson said Friday. "I want to sit down with [my deputies] to kind of let them know what that decision is before it's printed somewhere. ...It's delicate for me."
Jackson said he could announce a decision sometime next week.
Jackson, 45, a Cheverly native, attended Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Md.; DeVry Institute of Technology; and served in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves. (Official Bio.)
His political prospects were thought to be damaged after his deputies shot and killed two dogs belonging to the mayor of Berwyn Heights during a drug raid last year. An internal review by Jackson's office found the shootings to be justified, and Jackson said one dog was engaging an officer and that the other was running toward a second officer at the time the black Labs were shot. The mayor, Cheye Calvo, disputed the findings.
Jackson's name has long been on a list of those rumored to be eying the county's top seat. The field also includes Former Del. Rushern L. Baker III, who has run twice before, as well as County Council Member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville), Council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) and Del. Gerron S. Levi (D-Prince George's). State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George's) and Sen. C. Anthony Muse's names have also been floated.
November 13, 2009; 11:08 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County
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