For months Glenn F. Ivey's name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate, Maryland attorney general or lieutenant governor.
Now it appears Ivey, state's attorney for Prince George's, has whittled down the list of possibilities.
"I'm not running for the Senate," he said. "I've ruled out county executive. The narrowed-down list is, run for reelection or maybe lieutenant governor. That is, unless Joe [Curran] changes his mind." J. Joseph Curran Jr., the attorney general, has indicated he plans to run for reelection, and Ivey, a fellow Democrat, has said he will not challenge him.
Does that mean we should read even more into a lunch between Ivey and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) last week at Stonefish Grill in Largo?
The pair were spotted Monday, two days before O'Malley formally announced his bid for governor.
Ivey remained coy, saying he'll make a decision about his future later this fall.
"We had a great lunch," he said. The discussion, he said, covered both government and politics.
They talked about crime reduction efforts in Baltimore and "some things we could take a look at here," including efforts to clamp down on illegal gun possession.
"I told him my thoughts about how things are going in the governor's race and the Senate race," Ivey said. "And I talked about the importance of starting an early grass-roots effort in the African American community. It will be important that not be taken for granted."
Public Hearing on Safety
Del. Joanne C. Benson (D), chairman of the county's Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee, announced this week that the state House delegation from Prince George's will hold a public hearing next Thursday in the Rennie Forum at Prince George's Community College to discuss the "shameful increase in violence and murders" in the county.
Benson said all law enforcement leaders in the county have been asked to attend.
"Our sole desire is to determine what role the delegates should play in the process," Benson said in a statement.
She said the committee will also receive an update from county homeland security director Vernon Herron about emergency preparedness.
"We have requested Herron to answer two basic questions," Benson said. "Are we as a county ready in case of an emergency or disaster? What can we, as elected officials, do to assist?"
The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Help for Katrina Victims
County officials last week presented the local American Red Cross with a check for $14,493 to help victims of Hurricane Katrina who are living in the county.
The money was collected from county employees in an ongoing drive.
The donation follows a $10,000 gift that county Council Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) presented last week to the Capital Area Chapter. The council donated the money from the members' respective discretionary accounts.
"The County Council is very concerned about our sisters and brothers in the Gulf states, especially those individuals who are here in Prince George's County," Dean said in a statement. "We have committed to work with the Red Cross and provide resources to help people in need."
The county has provided help to about 1,000 victims through the American Red Cross.
County officials announced last week that the county will pay $1 million to house evacuees in apartments that are being made available through a partnership with rental companies. County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) said 135 apartments will be provided free or at a reduced rate for six months to a year. County officials said that the Ramada hotel chain also is providing 20 free rooms to Katrina victims and that Holiday Inn is providing five.
Remembering Sue Mills
County officials past and present bade farewell last week to former council member Sue V. Mills, who died of pancreatitis Sept. 23 at her home in Clinton.
Mills, 69, served 16 years on the County Council. She ended her service in 1994, when she ran unsuccessfully for county executive against Wayne K. Curry.
Mills also served on the county school board. She was appointed in 1970 and then elected to the board in 1974. She served as chairman in 1975. During her tenure, she stridently opposed court-ordered busing in the county.
"Sue Mills was a vocal public servant, fighting with energy and passion for what she believed to be in the best interest of her constituents," Dean said.
Council Member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills), who represents the same area Mills did, said: "Her record of service had a profound impact on Prince George's County, and her passing is cause for reflection on her season of service."