Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown has remained supportive of Prince George’s County incumbents and others who seek various state and local offices, but he made a public endorsement Tuesday for Angela Alsobrooks as county executive.
“I’ve had the opportunity over the years to work with Angela and to see firsthand how she establishes goals,” Brown said during a tour of the Prince George’s Community College’s Center for Health Studies in Largo. “She works hard and smart. Perhaps more importantly, she works together with the community in achieving those goals. We’re going to see that as Prince George’s County’s next county executive.”
Alsobrooks even received a word of support from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. the previous day when he mentioned her name among others Prince George’s officials being part of a “great team.”
The county’s state’s attorney already received the support of two major unions — International Brother of Electrical Workers and Service Employees International Union 1199.
Both organizations combined have nearly 20,000 members throughout the D.C. region. IBEW supported Edwards in her 2016 bid for Senate and SEIU helped Edwards succeed to her run for Congress.
Edwards and Alsobrooks join a crowded Democratic primary election for the county’s top seat. The other opponents are state Sen. C. Anthony Muse; Paul Monteiro, a former official with the Obama administration; and Lewis S. Johnson of Forestville, a retiree from the U.S. Government Printing Office on Capitol Hill.
Four other Democrats — former lieutenant governor Samuel Bogley III, Billy Bridges, Michael E. Kennedy and Tommie Thompson — filed near the deadline to enter the June 26 primary.
Jerry J. Mathis filed as a Republican, but the county is predominantly Democrat.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, whose term expires at the end of the year, seeks the Democratic nomination in the gubernatorial primary. Poll numbers have shown him as the top Democratic candidate, but plenty of Marylanders affiliated with that party remain undecided on who they would choose.
As for Brown’s support, Alsobrooks said he helped to bring money for a strategic investigations unit in the state’s attorney’s office to combat violent repeat offenders during Brown’s tenure as lieutenant governor.
“We are going to need the right kind of partnerships, especially around education,” Alsobrooks said in an interview. “Congressman Brown has come forward and is really excited to work with us.”
Brown said he supports Alsobrooks’ education platform, which she spoke about Thursday, April 5 during a Facebook Live discussion at her campaign headquarters in Largo.
If elected, Alsobrooks proposes school-based counselors in every school, increasing teacher pay and providing money to renovate some of the most underserved schools.
Another recommendation she offered is for for schools to incorporate character education, namely more parental involvement.
“It means we teach our children to respect their teachers and to respect each other,” Alsobrooks said after the nearly hourlong chat. “Develop an environment we care as much about what goes into the child’s academics into what they become as people. The parents need to be allies and not adversaries.”
She maintains her focus is strictly on children’s academic and social needs, versus the political power struggle of adults.
“Every policy we put forward, will be one designed to make sure that our kids are spoken about first,” she said to the audience. “If the conversation doesn’t start with children, why are we here?”
Hallie Williams, a PTA president at the Accokeek Academy, said Alsobrooks’ student-first approach is what won her over.
“I worked on [late former County Executive] Wayne Curry’s campaign 20 plus years ago, [and] it’s been status quo 16 years for me,” Williams said. “It’s too many adult issues. She is focusing on the students first. That’s more important.”
Alsobrooks plans to conduct another social media discussion this month focusing on economic development.