Rep. Donna Edwards announced today an endorsement from Maryland’s first female member of the House of Representatives and the longest serving woman in the United States Senate, Barbara Mikulski. Edwards is facing a competitive primary against former Prince George’s State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey in the April primary.
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) officially kicked off her campaign for reelection last night at her annual Christmas Party in Oxon Hill. Edwards will face off against former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey of Cheverly and possibly a member of the county council of Anne Arundel County.
In the lead up to announcing her run for reelection, Edwards has been circling the wagons for what could be her toughest campaign since unseating Al Wynn in 2008 during the Democratic primary. During the last two weeks Edwards has been endorsed by party leaders such as Sen. Ben Cardin and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. National progressive groups such as Bold Progressive PAC and the Sierra Club also have announced early endorsements for Edwards.
Describing her as having ” strong energy and enthusiasm for her work on behalf of people in her community,” the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives is running a feature of Rep. Donna Edwards.
Edwards has never been the insider type of candidate. It is what made her challenge her former boss Al Wynn in 2006 and 2008 eventually leading to unseating him and becoming the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the national legislature. This year as a result of the redistricting maps recently approved, Edwards will face her toughest challenge of her short career against former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey and despite early concerns appears to be locking up the establishment support quickly.
Many political observers suggested that because Edwards had been so vocal in her criticism of Governor O’Malley’s legislative redistricting maps she would have a hard time keeping political heavy weights from backing Ivey. This was on the heels of criticism she levied at Minority Whip Steny Hoyer who also represents Maryland for suggesting their party cave in on cuts to the size of the federal government, however since Glenn Ivey has announced his challenge Senator Ben Cardin and Steny Hoyer both have backed her reelection. Today it appears so has the Democratic Caucus.
Former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey revealed his campaign website for his bid to unseat Rep. Donna Edwards in Congress. The site leaves a lot to be desired.
- The framework of the site is smooth and appealing, but lacks the natural congressional campaign theme of images of the candidate around the district. Ivey is a former State’s Attorney so he has to have those images.
- The banner Glenn Ivey for Congress looks cheap, unimpressive, and not very inspiring.
- The type print is very small and the pages seem very wordy.
- It is always a bad idea to have a latest news section on your website if you have no new news.
- None of the buttons and we do mean none of them work on the campaign website. Including the donation button.
- The Contact Page doesn’t include any information to contact the campaign with questions or reach out to get involved.
- None of the social media pages are online but the site makes aware that Ivey plans to use iveyforcongress as his twitter and facebook handle. If I’m Donna Edwards I’d scope them up now before he does.
- The major thing the site is missing is the why. Ivey has failed to explain why he is challenging the state’s only female member of the house delegation.
Glenn Ivey announced earlier this month that he would in fact challenge the two-term Democrat from Prince George’s County in the April Democratic primary after she was unable to prevent a shift in her district during the redistricting process.
Edwards won her seat in 2008 after knocking out her former boss Al Wynn in the Democratic Primary. She was reelected in 2010 defeating former Delegate Herman Taylor of Montgomery County. Glenn Ivey is the former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney. He left office in 2010 after flirting with running for County Executive and then the House of Representatives.
As the Governor’s proposed redistricting map moves to the House of Delegates today, Rep. Donna Edwards, the lone member of the congressional delegation to publicly oppose it, is ramping up pressure on Montgomery County legislators to support an alternative map she proposed. Under Gov. O’Malley’s map Edwards would lose all of Montgomery County that is currently in her district. Edwards and other black lawmakers blasted that plan saying it would undermine the growing minority population.
To make her point more clear Edwards launched an online petition today targeting legislators from Montgomery County asking them to support her plan in an email to supporters.
Dear Friends,The Maryland Senate passed the redistricting plan Monday night, and the House of Delegates is expected to vote today. It is important to make your voice heard.
From Change.org:Sign Petition and Support the Amendment to Congressional Redistricting Bill SB1Why this is Important
SB1, the redistricting plan passed by the Maryland Senate is unfair to Montgomery County residents, especially those living in diverse East County neighborhoods like Silver Spring, Burtonsville and Briggs Chaney. These neighborhoods will be placed into an oddly shaped congressional district that stretches all the way to neighborhoods north of Baltimore City. An alternative is available that is fairer and will allow more Montgomery County residents to keep the same local congressional representation that they depend on. I urge you to support the amendment to SB1 and look forward to your response.