Ivey rules out attorney general and lieutenant governor posts

He says he'll seek re-election as Prince George's state's attorney

November 03, 2005|By ANDREW A. GREEN | ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER

Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey said yesterday that he will seek re-election next year, ending speculation that he might run for attorney general or be chosen as a running mate by one of the Democratic candidates for governor.

Ivey, who is serving his first term, had been considered a potentially attractive pick for lieutenant governor for either Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan or Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley as they seek to shore up support in Prince George's. He was also considered one of the top potential contenders to replace Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. should Curran decide to retire.

But Ivey said yesterday that his decision is final.

"It made sense to let everyone know early. I took a page out of the Sarbanes playbook about this," he said, referring to the announcement last spring by U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes that he would not run for re-election, a decision that has sparked a flurry of political activity in the state.

The Duncan and O'Malley campaigns issued statements yesterday praising Ivey. "Maryland and Prince George's County are lucky to have someone like Glenn so principled and committed to public service," O'Malley said.

Duncan spokeswoman Jody Couser said Ivey "has done a great job for the citizens of Prince George's County, and he'll continue to serve them well."

Spokesmen for both campaigns said they have not begun serious consideration of lieutenant governor candidates.

Ivey said he had spoken with the candidates and their advisers in recent weeks but ultimately decided he would rather seek re-election.

"The key thing at this point is to identify the talented potential candidates out there and get them involved in this process," Ivey said.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ivey, 44, has a history of public service. He has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and as an aide and counsel on Capitol Hill.

Democrats find themselves under pressure to include at least one African-American on their statewide ticket next year, and Ivey was considered a strong possibility.

He said in a letter to supporters that he wants to continue his work to stop a recent crime wave in the county. "I feel that this is a position where I can help make a difference in the lives of people fighting to take back their communities from the scourge of crime," he wrote.

andy.green@baltsun.com

Sun reporter David Nitkin contributed to this article.

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