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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/12/2010

Rushern Baker to run for Prince George's top job

By Washington Post editors

Former Del. Rushern L. Baker III (D) filed as a candidate for Prince George's County Executive Friday, his campaign spokesman said, marking the official start of Baker's third bid for the post amid what is shaping up to be a crowded race to replace term-limited executive Jack B. Johnson (D).

Baker is widely considered to be a top contender in the race, having shown impressive fund raising numbers and gotten several key law enforcement union endorsements in January.

However, the field for the September Democratic primary also includes several big names in county politics, including Sheriff Michael A. Jackson, and County Council member Samuel H. Dean (D_Mitchellville). Del. Gerron S. Levi is the only other candidate to file so far, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections Web site. County Council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) has also said he is running, and Henry C. Turner, Jr., chairman of the Veteran's Commission for Prince George's County, are also running.

Baker's campaign had announced he would file earlier this week, but postponed the event due to travel difficulties, campaign spokesman James Adams said. Baker also ran in 2002 and 2006, but lost both times to Johnson.

-- Jonathan Mummolo

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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PG County has to wake up and not ELECT this producer of stale Baker goods hide his campaign donors list. He is way out of touch and really believes he is some kind of zealot/dictator/medeival prince of george's and no more BAKER crumbs; more voters better realize this dude is worse than Jack N. Johnson by far.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | March 12, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess that people can disagree about Rushern Baker's campaign finance disclosure practices, Miss or Mister Pryor, but I am wondering why you consider him a Prince or a zealot.

May be, I am missing something but after knowing Rushern Baker for many years, he has never behaved like a zealot and has definitely not behaved like a prince.

May be, I am missing something and I would love to learn what evidence you have to substantiate your opinion.

Posted by: Hellmut | March 13, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Rushern Baker? Who is this dude? I know his name keeps popping up as a candidate but what about his credentials. I need to do my research..

Posted by: ladywkids | March 14, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

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