Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is running for governor, bringing the most political experience so far to a crowded, wide-open field seeking the Democratic nomination in 2018.
The veteran politician pointed to his record in Prince George's as a turnaround story in which public school graduation rates and median incomes increased and crime decreased. He promised to bring similar change statewide.
"It's time to build a Maryland that leaves no one behind," he said in a campaign video he planned to release Wednesday. "I'm running because we can't be silent or just complain as the cynical try to divide us and take us backwards."
Baker, 58, launches the bid as his wife, Christa Beverly, continues to ail from early-onsetAlzheimer's and dementia. Beverly, and Baker's care for her over the past seven years, figure prominently into the video launching his campaign.