Angela D. Alsobrooks is poised to make history in Prince George’s County.
She romped to victory in the race for Prince George’s County executive in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, and barring a stunning upset, she will become the first female to lead the county come December. At 47, Alsobrooks is also likely to become a major superstar for state Democrats.
In remarks to supporters at the University of Maryland Hotel, Alsobrooks emphasized the conversations she had with county residents during the campaign.
“I know what’s in your heart. I know what keeps you up at night. I’ve come to understand your concerns for the school system, the performance of it, the reputation of it,” she said. “We have heard you loudly and clearly, and we will respond.”
Angela D. Alsobrooks
“We understand that when we work together there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.”
Alsobrooks, a two-term state’s attorney, won 62 percent of the vote. Former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, seeking a comeback after her 2016 loss to then-Rep. Chris Van Hollen in a U.S. Senate primary, racked up 24 percent.
State Sen. C. Anthony Muse, who struggled to raise money, came in a distant third with 10 percent. Former Obama administration official D. Paul Monteiro, a political newcomer whose campaign never caught fire, finished a distant fourth.
The telegenic and empathetic Alsobrooks ran a disciplined campaign that brought her into contact with countless voters. She out-raised her rivals, taking in more than $1 million in contributions and winning the endorsement of The Washington Post editorial page, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Reps. Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown, and numerous unions.
Edwards, seeking a comeback after her bitter loss two years ago, positioned herself as an experienced problem-solver who brought the attitude of an outsider. She railed against the political establishment, with whom she has clashed much of her career.
A union-based Super PAC pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into an effort to boost Edwards’ chances and tie Alsobrooks to development interests.
Jerry J. Mathis, a civic activist and real estate agent who has run for office before, ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Democrats enjoy a better than 10-to-1 advantage in the county.
Prince George’s County adopted the charter form of government in 1970. Alsobrooks will likely become the eighth person — and the first woman — to serve as executive.
In another closely watched primary, Aisha N. Braveboy prevailed in the race for State’s Attorney. Braveboy, a former two-term member of the House of Delegates, trounced state Sen. Victor R. Ramirez and attorney D. Michael Lyles to capture the Democratic nomination.
Braveboy, head of government relations for Childrens National Medical Center who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general four years ago, captured 63 percent of the vote.
No Republicans filed for the post, which Alsobrooks is vacating.