HYATTSVILLE, MD - JULY 19: Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards holds a town hall meeting with a group of labor activists at the headquarters of UFCW Local 400 in Hyattsville, MD, July 19, 2017. Union members have tried to draft Edwards for Pr. George's county executive. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post) (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

Former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards earned the support of the progressive group Maryland Working Families in her bid to become Prince George’s next county executive.

Edwards, a progressive who was drafted to run by local activists, secured the endorsement of the grass-roots group because of her focus on “lifting up working people,” including pushing for better paid family leave and to increase the minimum wage, said Charly Carter, the group’s executive director.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had a true progressive in Prince George’s,” said Carter, whose group has 32,000 members in the county and 80,000 statewide.

Edwards’ lead competitors are State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and State Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s), who both have strong support bases within the county.

Carter said she thinks Edwards, who has declined to accept money from developers, is best positioned to end the “pay-to-play culture in Prince George’s where developers who have deep pockets are the ones making decisions that influence working people,” Carter said.

The others on the ballot in the democratic race are Obama appointee Paul Monteiro, former lieutenant governor Samuel W. Bogley III and Lewis S. Johnson, Billy Bridges, Michael Kennedy and Tommie Thompson, none of whom are well known in county politics. Jerry J. Mathis is running as a Republican.

In the heavily democratic Prince George’s, winning the June 26 Democratic primary is tantamount to winning the election.

Edwards has received considerable union support, although several unions that backed Edwards in previous elections — including Service Employees International Union 1199, SEIU Local 400, IBEW Local 26 — have thrown their support behind Alsobrooks. Edwards is also backed by Casa in Action, the political arm of the immigrant advocacy organization, and Progressive Maryland.