Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters in front of the house where she grew up in Camp Springs, Md., Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks ended weeks of speculation by announcing her decision to run for Prince George’s County Executive. Her announcement on July 31 sets up a showdown with popular State Sen. C. Anthony Muse.
Former Maryland Housing Director Tommy Thompson told the AFRO that he planned to file for the office along with Lewis S. Johnson. Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards is also rumored to be considering a run for the county’s top office, but most political pundits believe it is a two-horse race to replace Rushern T. Baker III who is term limited and running for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor.
“I am humbled by the opportunities provided to me and the lessons that I have learned in this house,” she said during her announcement. “I have demonstrated leadership and the ability to get things done that matter. Today we are here for the next chapter – to fulfill the promise of my grandmother when she came here from Seneca, S.C. We have focused far too long on our potential. Whether you came here 45 days ago or 45 years ago, you will have a seat at the table of opportunity. The American dream will be shared by all.”
Alsobrooks, the first full-time domestic violence prosecutor in the county, said she was prepared to stand on her record of achievement starting when she was a student at Banneker High School in the District, to Duke University and the University of Maryland Law School. She also has been involved in prosecuting some of the county’s most egregious crimes in recent memory, including the former school aide who molested dozens of students, the White youth accused of killing Bowie State University ROTC officer Richard Collins, and dozens of domestic violence cases. She also has helped to aggressively establish the first county gun court along with mandatory sentences for individuals caught carrying illegal firearms.
“I have been on the frontline,” Alsobrooks said. “I will deliver results. I will work with anyone regardless of their position or political affiliation to get the job done. We will do this. Our obligation to our children is sacred. I have spent the past 20 years preparing for this. I have worked with you. I have listened to you. I have even grieved with you. We all want the same thing; a hand up, not a handout.”
Alsobrooks was supported at the event by Maryland State Del. Diane Fennell (D-47), County Council Chairman Derrick L. Davis (D-6), County Council Rep. Karen R. Toles (D-7), County Clerk of the Court Sydney Harrison, Prince George’s County NAACP President Bob Ross, People for Change Coalition President Jerry McLaurin, Prince George’s County Central Committee member Theresa Dudley, Capitol Heights Police Chief Anthony Ayers, community activist and civic leaders Jacoline Key (Glassmanor Civic Association), Dave Jacobs, and Mark Johnson.
“This is our house,” Alsobrooks said, reciting a familiar sports phrase. “For too long our focus has been on the potential of the county. It is not enough. It is time for us to realize the dream. It is a time for us to fulfill the promise.”