Copyright 1994 The Baltimore Sun Company
The Baltimore Sun
April 26, 1994, Tuesday, FINAL EDITION
SECTION: NEWS, Pg. 12B
LENGTH: 487 words
HEADLINE: Glendening makes it official: He's in the race for governor
BYLINE: 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
"I want to be the governor who works hard for every part of Maryland,
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
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
the Fraternal Order of Police, and today he was scheduled to receive an
endorsement from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Many Maryland political figures are backing Mr. Glendening, including
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
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
Prince George's County Council.