The Glover Report: Politics18: Who Will Lead?

(Photo: Rev. Rodney Hudson, state Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Veris Lee, and Dr. Cecil Gray last night at Ames Memorial United Methodist Church in
Sandtown. Nathan-Pulliam and others were honored for contributions towards the education of youth)

By Doni Glover, Publisher

(BALTIMORE – June 8, 2018) – I’ve said it before. Times like these are the equivalent of the play-offs for political junkies like me. The race for County Executive in Prince George’s County, for instance, is definitely a race worth watching.  Angela Alsobrooks, the State’s Attorney, is up against former Congresswoman Donna Edwards and state Senator C. Anthony Muse.

Someone will win. Two will lose. These are simply the facts.

Smear campaigns, union endorsements, the sign-game: All of these campaign elements are about to come together into one huge splash where only one person will emerge victorious. Early Voting is June 14-June 21, 2018 and Primary Election Day is June 26th. The General Election, by the way, isn’t until November.

Let me just say that my heart and respect goes out to anyone running for elected office. It is like preparing for an Olympic event. There are so many different components that are all in play – quite often at the same time.

From knocking on doors to sending out mailers to “dialing for dollars”, every campaign has to be proficient in all of these various areas. To boot, a candidate has to have a solid ground game. When it is all said and done, it is all about poll coverage and having the proper number of field coordinators and volunteers to pull the candidate across the finish line.

In Baltimore County, some pundits see a three-way tie between Johnny Olszewski, Vicki Almond and Jim Brochin. Will the housing voucher issue become a deal-breaker for two of the candidates?  Given that the county is 25% or so African American, how are the candidates’ track records when it comes to inclusion?

While the first round of TV commercials in the Baltimore County Exec race were as white as snow, candidates have since diversified. Truth be told, the area from Catonsville to Pikesville is the key battleground. Whomever wins will have had solid support from this heavily African American neck of the woods.

In Baltimore City, there are a number of fascinating races, including the 40th, the 44th, the 45th, and the 41st. In the 40th, Delegate Antonio Hayes is zeroing in on Barbara Robinson, who inherited the state Senate seat vacated by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. While Robinson has the support of Pugh, Hayes enjoys the support of many other key politicos, including Dr. Anne O. Emery and Linda Eberhart. Just this week, Hayes had an event, Women for Antonio Hayes, that packed Easterwood Recreation Center with female supporters.

Aletheia McCaskill is trying to take-out state Senator Shilrey Nathan-Pulliam. Unless McCaskill pulls a hat trick, it is hard to see an upset.

On the other hand, in the 45th, one has to pay mad respect to Cory McCray, the delegate who is going after long-time serving state Sen. Nathaniel McFadden. Can McFadden hold on? After all, McCray and others built their own political machine from the ground up and they are not to be taken lightly. BEST Democratic Club, McCray’s baby, has made some serious inroads in the 45th. That is a classic Ali vs Liston, where the younger candidate just might prove to be the long overdue Titan who was born to win.

The 41st, by far, is a defining race. J.D. Merrill, Martin O’Malley’s son-in-law is running against former Delegate Jill Carter. While Merrill’s albatross is the community’s disdain for his over-incarcerating father-in-law, Carter has her own set of issues. With about $12,000 in her coiffeurs, her battle is like climbing “Hamburger Hill.” If she is to win, she will need a strong infusion of cash and volunteers as the party starts in less than a week with Early Voting.

Stay-tuned to for updates on these and other races.