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Baker Announces Re-Election Bid For Prince George's County Top Spot

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Baker was joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Senator Ben Cardin in announcing his re-election bid.
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Baker was joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Senator Ben Cardin in announcing his re-election bid.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker formally kicked off his re-election campaign in Mitchellville on Thursday night.

It was a who's-who of Maryland politics at the Newton White Mansion. Both Congressman Steny Hoyer and Senator Ben Cardin introduced Baker, and during his short remarks Baker urged Hoyer to help Prince George's County land the new FBI headquarters in Greenbelt.

Combined with several other projects—like the casino likely to be built at National Harbor and a new hospital—the FBI would make Prince George's the destination in the D.C. region, he said. "From where we started in 2010 to where we are now, we could have $4 billion worth of construction going on in Prince George's County at the same time. More than any other place in the region."

But even with all the support shown last night, Baker, by his own admission, has made some political enemies with his plan to exert more control over the county school system. Some of them will be speaking on Friday morning, attacking Baker for not choosing any Latinos for the county school board even though almost a quarter of Prince George's County students are Hispanic.

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