Bowie, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Former Prince George’s delegate Angela M. Angel will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, she announced in a video Monday.
Angel, who served in the General Assembly from 2015 to 2019, will take on fellow current and former Prince George’s officials in the Democratic primary after Brown announced that he would not seek reelection and instead run for Maryland attorney general next year. During her tenure in Annapolis in the general assembly, Delegate Angel faced sexual harassment together with three other female lawmakers. At that time, the Three female lawmakers told a legislative panel in Annapolis that they’ve experienced sexual harassment while in office and called for an independent investigator to handle harassment complaints in the Maryland General Assembly.
In her campaign video, Angel highlighted her rise from a stint of homelessness in 2012 to her election to the House of Delegates in 2014, where she became a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence, citing her own experiences.
“In June of 2012 I found myself in a homeless shelter, nine months pregnant, escaping an abusive marriage,” she said. “I know what it’s like to get knocked down. I also know what it takes to stand back up. By June 2014 I went from homeless to the House of Delegates, where I authored and passed bills protecting survivors of domestic violence, providing mental health services for our children and holding companies accountable for overcharging seniors for prescription drugs.”
If elected, Angel said, she would also prioritize fighting for universal prekindergarten and developing the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor that runs through the district. She also said she would work to bring the FBI headquarters to the district as federal officials consider a new location — a project that lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have been jockeying to build in their districts in anticipation of major economic benefits.
She joins Del. Jazz Lewis (D-Prince George’s) and former Prince George’s state’s attorney Glenn Ivey in the Democratic primary. James Curtis Jr. is also running for the nomination.
There are reports, Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government. According to the doctrine of separation of powers, the U.S. Constitution distributed the power of the federal government among these three branches, and built a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch could become too powerful. With Glenn Ivey’s wife Jolene Ivey currently representing Council District 5 and their son Del. Julian Ivey who is a member of House of Delegates since January 9, 2019. It will be fair to give a chance to another family or families to wand off wide spread corruption in the county.
Given the deep-blue shade of the district, the Democratic primary is likely to attract more funds and energy than the general election. The district includes a large swath of Prince George’s, plus parts of Anne Arundel County — newly including Annapolis after the General Assembly passed a revised congressional map this month as part of the redistricting process.