Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III received a key endorsement for Maryland governor from another prominent public official: Rep. Steny Hoyer.
Hoyer, the House minority whip, has known Baker for about two decades, dating back to when Baker was elected to the House of Delegates in 1994.
“I know Rushern will do the right thing because of his passion and integrity, and his proven track record of reducing crime and improving job opportunities for families throughout our county,” Hoyer said in a statement. “I’m confident Rushern will work to make life better for all Marylanders.”
Baker called Hoyer, who has been on Capitol Hill for nearly 40 years, “a widely respected voice” in Washington in his 5th Congressional District that includes Southern Maryland and parts of Prince George’s.
Baker has already received endorsements from Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, a longtime friend and mentor.
Other support has come from current state, county and municipal officials.
Baker has led in various polls in the crowded Democratic field, which includes former NAACP President Ben Jealous; Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. of Montgomery County; tech entrepreneur Alec Ross; Krish Vignarajah, a policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama; Baltimore attorney Jim Shea; educator Ralph Jaffe; and James Jones of Baltimore City.
The winner in the June 26 primary will face Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the November general election.