Rushern Baker to run for Prince George's top job
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
Washington Post editors
| March 12, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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