With the release of campaign fundraising reports Wednesday night, the races for Congressional seats in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties reached their first important benchmark.
The 4th District seat, which covers most of Prince George’s County and parts of Anne Arundel County, opened when Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate last month and has quickly developed a crowded field.
Glenn Ivey, D-Cheverly, the former state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, leads the money race so far, raising $117,000 over the last month.
Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, D-Bowie, who lost a general election bid to become governor last fall, follows with $52,000.
Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, D-College Park, raised $43,000.
Former Prince George’s County Council member Ingrid Turner, D-Bowie, didn’t have a campaign financing report, but only filed her statement of candidacy April 1, the day after the first quarter ended.
Also, Del. Dereck E. Davis, D-Mitchellville, said Wednesday that he will run for the seat. He chairs the Economic Matters Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates.
8th District Race
There are fewer candidates in the race to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Kensington, who is also running for the U.S. Senate, in the 8th District, which covers much of Montgomery County.
Del. Kumar Barve, D-Gaithersburg, has raised $66,000 since he announced his candidacy last month.
The only other declared candidate in the race, state Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Takoma Park, did not report any funds raised but his statement of candidacy wasn’t filed until April 8.