Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who is frequently mentioned as a likely 2018 challenger to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), says he will decide whether to run for governor after the November presidential elections.
Baker, 57, is almost halfway through his second and final term as county executive of Maryland’s second-largest jurisdiction. His record in Prince George’s is mixed.
He has helped the county recover from the 2008 recession and the humiliating arrest of former county executive Jack Johnson (D) on bribery and corruption charges, and has restructured school leadership, shepherded a slew of development projects, including the MGM casino at National Harbor, and started major initiatives to boost the public school system and revitalize neighborhoods.