Four years ago, then-Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) struggled to rally county leaders behind his first run for governor.
Only one member of the County Council, Derrick Leon Davis (D), stood with him in 2018. The failure to draw a bigger crowd undercut Baker’s primary campaign, which he lost to Ben Jealous by ten points.
On Tuesday — to show that he has strong rapport with the local elected leaders who know him best — the former two-term executive basked in endorsements from nine members of the 11-member panel.
Standing within view of the just-opened Capital Regional Medical Center in Landover, Baker called it “a special moment” to win the backing of people “who know you, when the cameras aren’t on, when you’re back in the office, [where the language can be] a little salty, who … may disagree.”