UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Glenn Ivey, the former Prince George’s County prosecutor, plans to run for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, according to a spokesman.
Ramon Korionoff, who was Ivey’s spokesman as state’s attorney, said Tuesday that Ivey will file paperwork within days for the 4th District seat.
“He’s going full speed ahead, and he’s laying all the groundwork to run for Congress,” Korionoff said. “Glenn Ivey is a leader the people respect, and the timing is right.”
The district includes much of Prince George’s County, but it has been redrawn to include part of Anne Arundel County. During redistricting approved last week, part of Montgomery County was eliminated over Edwards’ objections.
Ivey is a 50-year-old lawyer in private practice after being elected to two terms as state’s attorney in Prince George’s County. He considered a run for Congress in 2009 and formed an exploratory committee but backed off.
Also Tuesday, Anne Arundel County Council member G. James Benoit, a Democrat, said he is also considering a run against Edwards. In a statement, he said Congress is “posturing” instead of focusing on “putting Americans back to work.”
As the redistricting plan was approved last week by the Maryland House of Delegates, Edwards said the redrawn map is “not the best approach for minority voters.” But she said the process in the General Assembly had run its course.
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