ANNAPOLIS-Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey withdrew his name from consideration for statewide office Wednesday and announced plans instead to run for reelection as state’s attorney.
Ivey had been considered a potential running mate for either of the two leading Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, and as a candidate for attorney general if incumbent J. Joseph Curran decides not to seek reelection.
He acknowledged that his decision may have caught some people by surprise but said he did not want to keep his name in play for no reason.
“It made sense to let people know early on,” Ivey said. “The gubernatorial candidates have the opportunity to cast a broad net when considering a running mate.”
Ivey said that if Curran decides not to run for reelection he’ll let the party decide on a strong candidate. Kevin Enright, spokesman for the attorney general, said Curran is “still indicating he is running for reelection.”
Ivey was elected to the state’s attorney’s office in 2002 and served as chair of the state Public Service Commission from 1998 to 2000.
“Glenn is one of the bright stars in our party and we hope we will be working with him for many years to come,” said Derek Walker, spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party.
Over the past few months, Ivey said people have stopped him in the grocery store and at the ball fields during his sons’ sporting events to voice their wishes for him to stay in the county.
“I want to stay in Prince George’s County and continue to make headway,” he said. -30- 11-02-2005