Glendening makes it official: He's in the race for governor CAMPAIGN 1994

April 26, 1994|By Michael A. Fletcher | Michael A. Fletcher,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening formally announced his candidacy for governor yesterday, promising to bring a new level of racial inclusiveness and regional cooperation to state government.

"I want to be the governor who works hard for every part of Maryland, who makes common cause between Baltimore's future and the well-being of rural and suburban Maryland," Mr. Glendening said during a rally before about 200 supporters at the University of Maryland's student union building.

If elected governor, Mr. Glendening, 51, promised to ensure important roles in state government for minorities and women.

"For too long, people hungry for inclusion have not had a place at the table in Maryland," he said. "There will be a new table set at the governor's house under the administration of Parris Glendening."

Mr. Glendening, who has raised more than $1.5 million for his campaign, has been informally running for the governor's job for years. He has crisscrossed the state in an effort to expand his base beyond Prince George's County.

Most of his early work has been aimed at building a statewide political organization, and that effort seems to be moving smoothly.

The three-term county executive has won support from the Maryland Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, and today he was scheduled to receive an endorsement from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Many Maryland political figures are backing Mr. Glendening, including U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-5th, Howard County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, Montgomery County Del. Nancy K. Kopp and former Gov. Harry Hughes -- all of whom spoke at yesterday's event.

"It's time we had a governor who understood from his heart the problems of the Washington suburbs," Ms. Kopp said.

Mr. Glendening is considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination along with Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg. Also in the field are state Sens. Mary H. Boergers of Montgomery County and American Joe Miedusiewski and former Del. Frank M. Conaway, both of Baltimore.

Mr. Glendening, who is attempting to be the first Maryland governor elected from the Washington area since 1867, reached out to Baltimore in his talk -- and for good reason. Despite a shrinking population, the city remains a major force in deciding Maryland's Democratic primaries, largely because 90 percent of the registered voters in Baltimoreare Democrats.

Overall, Maryland's voter registration is roughly 2-1 Democratic.

"All of us in Prince George's County and in Montgomery County must recognize that Baltimore is indeed central to the well-being of this state," Mr. Glendening said.

Before being elected executive in 1982, Mr. Glendening was a member of the Prince George's County Council.

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