By Cara Williams and Deborah Bailey,
Special to the AFRO
Angela Alsobrooks, 51, is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Maryland School of Law.
Alsobrooks lives with her daughter Alex in Upper Marlboro, Md. the community she has served for a total of 25 years since graduating from law school.
Alsobrooks started as the Assistant State’s Attorney in the Prince George’s County State’s Office in 1997 and served as Prince George’s County State’s Attorney from 2010 to 2018 until her election as County Executive in 2018.
She is the first woman to hold both positions in Prince George’s County.
“I am a trusted, tested leader who has already delivered results for Prince Georgians, and I will continue to make progress for our county during a second term,” Alsobrooks said.
Prince George’s County residents were hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, a major focus of her first term in office. Lack of access to critical health resources, food deserts that still define some regions of the county, and concerns with the County’s public schools compounded problems faced with COVID-19.
Prince George’s County’s total COVID-19 case rate stands at close to 190,000 with more than 2,000 deaths, an alarming rate for residents.
Alsobrook’s primary goal is to expand access to healthcare across the span of Prince George’s County.
Alsobrooks’ said COVID-19 pandemic has revealed long-standing healthcare needs of County residents. The Luminis Health Doctors Medical Center opened during Alsobrooks’ tenure in Lanham, Md. The comprehensive behavioral health facility was constructed with a $20 million grant approved by voters, reallocating funds from a police training facility.
The behavioral health facility is the first of its kind in the region.
Evidence of Alsobrooks’ promise to advance quality healthcare is the new comprehensive Cancer Center scheduled to open in 2024 on the campus of the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Largo, Md. The Cancer Center broke ground in April of this year, with the support of $67 million from the State of Maryland.
Alsobrooks knows the county must continue to pursue economic development. “One way we have focused on economic development is by investing in human development,” she said. “We want to be sure Prince Georgians have access to jobs and economic opportunity,” she continued.
Alsobrooks said the American Job Center at National Harbor opened in Fall 2021 for youth in the southern area of Prince George’s County. The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act funds the American Job Center, which serves youth ages 14 to 24.
Finally, Alsobrooks said she understands Prince George’s County residents must feel law enforcement is working collaboratively with communities to combat violent crime.
With the rise of gun use during violent crimes, Alsobrooks implemented a Gun Intelligence Unit in September 2021. The unit has recovered more than 2,100 guns and allowed officers to make more than 1,400 arrests. Although the homicide rate in the County has ebbed, carjackings continue to increase. At a recent news conference last week, Police Chief Malik Aziz said the city is investigating 45 homicides compared to 65 in July 2021.
Alsobrooks said all Prince George’s County police have been equipped with body cameras. The issue of body-worn cameras is a controversial issue in the county after a Prince George’s County police officer was charged with second-degree murder in 2020 after a fatal shooting incident in Temple Hills, Md. Police indicate the officer, Cpl. Michael Owen, was not wearing a body camera.
Concerns remain about the use of body cameras by the Prince George’s County Police Department. Alsobrooks did not address the current crisis in Prince George’s County Public Schools. The School Union is in conflict with the County School system over negotiations for the 2022-2023 school year contract.
“We have made tremendous progress in three and a half years, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Alsobrooks.
“This is due to innovative strategies and programs we put in place through the County Government,” she continued. “There is still work to be done, and we will continue to find new ways to improve the lives of Prince Georgians.”
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