Arundel Council member Benoit, Prince George's State's Attorney Ivey considering entering House race in District 4

Ivey, Benoit possible candidates for District 4 House seat

October 31, 2011

The race for the 4th District seat held by U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards has grown increasingly crowded in recent days, as two possible Democratic candidates have said they are considering challenging the Prince George's Democrat in the primary. A spokesman for former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey said he is eyeing a run, and last week, Anne Arundel County Council member Jamie Benoit, whose district includes Laurel, announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a possible run in District 4.

In Gov. Martin O'Malley's redistricting plans approved by the Maryland General Assembly this month, District 4 was reconfigured, moving nearly all of Laurel out of Rep. Steny Hoyer's District 5 and into District 4. Large swaths of Anne Arundel County were also added to District 4, which also includes parts of Prince George's County outside Laurel.

"I've never been more concerned about America's future and the future of my children and yours," Benoit said in the statement released Oct. 25. "At this very moment, our do-nothing Congress is depriving working-class Americans of jobs and opportunities. The hallmark of this House of Representatives is self-interest and brinksmanship. If I run, I'll do my best to stop that."

Benoit, an attorney and former Army officer, was first elected to the county council in 2006. He is CEO of Federal Data Systems, an IT company. He graduated from St. Mary's College, received a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and an LL.M from Georgetown University.

—The Baltimore Sun

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