Angela Alsobrooks, the executive of Prince George’s County and one of the most prominent Democrats in Maryland politics, will launch her campaign for the Senate this week, sources familiar with the matter tell TIME, joining an already crowded field vying to replace outgoing Sen. Ben Cardin.
Alsobrooks plans to announce her Senate bid in a video on Tuesday, sources say. She will follow that with a rally in her home county on Wednesday, flexing her ability to pull a crowd at the campaign’s early stages. She is also expected to draw the endorsements of several high-profile Maryland Democrats in the coming days and weeks, potentially positioning her as an early frontrunner for the coveted open seat.
Since 2018, Alsobrooks has led the second largest county in Maryland but the one with the most Democratic voters. Maryland insiders suspect that will provide her a competitive advantage over her challengers. PG County proved decisive in the 2022 Democratic primaries, particularly in the race for governor, in which Wes Moore won the county by 16% over Tom Perez enabled him to win statewide by just 2%. (That may have been in part from getting a boost with an early endorsement from Alsobrooks.) At the same time, an Alsobrooks candidacy is likely to galvanize national interest. She’s a single mom and Black woman running at a time when there are no Black women in the Senate.
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