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Ivey won't challenge U.S. Rep. Edwards

Jonathan Mummolo

UPDATE:
Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey has confirmed that he will not challenge U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D) in a Democratic primary, but will instead go into the private sector when his term ends this year.

Here is his statement:

"After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to proceed with my candidacy for the 4th Congressional District of Maryland.

It has been very flattering to receive support from all quarters for my prospective candidacy but after discussing the personal and financial rigors of the pursuit with my wife, Jolene, my children and other family members and friends I have concluded it would be in my best interest to serve the greater community in other ways at this time.

My service as State's Attorney is still on-going and I have a responsibility to my constituents, the people of Prince George's County and all Marylanders to complete this job with the commitment and full devotion that it requires.

After my term as State's Attorney, I hope to continue serving the public in myriad ways. I have been blessed with many career opportunities and I will pursue them with an eye to helping shape a better Prince George's County, a better Maryland and a better United States of America."

ORIGINAL POST:

Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey has decided not to challenge incumbent Rep. Donna F. Edwards for her seat in Maryland's 4th District, several sources said Tuesday.

Ivey made headlines last month when he announced he was exploring the idea of challenging Edwards rather than run for county executive, a post he was widely believed to be seeking.

The reason for his decision was not immediately clear; Ivey is expected to hold a press conference at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

"He wants to finish out his term" as state's attorney, said a source close to Ivey. "He's not running for anything else. He realizes it would have been a tough race against Donna. His family and personal life need attention."

Stay tuned for coverage of Ivey's press conference.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 12, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo  
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Comments

Thank goodness our State's Attorney is showing some good sense. Donna had the courage to challenge Al Wynn not once, but twice when none of the other PG politicos would. She succeeded in replacing him and has done a fine job of representing both her PG and MC constituents. It was the outside of enough that Ivey thought that now the 'big man' was gone, he should have a crack at the job. Donna deserves reelection.

Posted by: commonsense101 | January 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Glenn would make a fine County Executive.

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 12, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I wish Mr. Ivey well in his future endeavors and congratulate him on a good decision. There was never a reason for him to run against Donna Edwards, who is doing a great job in Congress. I'm glad he saw the wisdom in staying out of this particular race.

Posted by: artbrodsky | January 12, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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