The recent Democratic Primary Election was an important one for Prince George’s County. It marked the first election in over 50 years that former Senator, and political icon, Thomas V. Mike Miller wasn’t on the ballot; there were several newcomers…and some cagy veterans who defied conventional wisdom and won hotly contested elections, and Prince George’s County did the heavy lifting in electing what will likely become Maryland’s first Black Governor. With all this excitement, we here at DMV Digest wanted to get into the Post-Election “Winners & Losers” analysis. As a publication that seeks to uplift the political discourse of the county, we don’t need to put the losers on blast (we all saw) so with no further ado, here are the 5 Biggest Winners of the 2022 Prince George’s Primary Election:
5. Wes Moore’s Legislative Allies
It’s been a long time since Prince George’s County has had such talented leaders on the budget committees AND a Democratic Governor. Add that to the fact that the Legislature has much more budgetary power due to the Constitutional Amendment passed in 2020 (Question 1) and it’s hard not to be optimistic about the county’s future. House Appropriations Chairman Ben Barnes, Senate Pro Temp Melony Griffith, Senator Mike Jackson, Delegate Jazz Lewis, and Delegate Alonzo Washington will see their influence in Annapolis increase dramatically if conventional wisdom holds and Wes Moore Governor is elected Governor.
4. The Ivey Family
Even in a business where family ties are commonplace, it’s hard to think of another example where three family members were elected to such important positions as Delegate Julian Ivey, County Councilmember Jolene Ivey, and soon to be Congressman Glenn Ivey. Glenn Ivey’s impressive victory over the early favorite Donna Edwards, was to be sure, aided by the millions of campaign dollars from the American-Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC). But don’t get it twisted, the Ivey name holds a lot of weight in PGC, and their support runs deep.