Will Valerie Ervin run for Governor…or make some other decision…one thing is for sure…we will know today. He is information via a recent Baltimore Sun article:
Valerie Ervin is facing a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday to decide whether she wants to run for governor in place of her deceased running mate, Kevin Kamenetz.
Ervin had been running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kamenetz, who died suddenly on May 10.
Under Maryland law, Ervin has the option to run for governor herself and name a lieutenant governor running mate, or remain as a candidate for lieutenant governor with a new partner running for governor.
State law allows her until the fifth business day after Kamenetz’s death — which is Thursday — to file paperwork to change the ticket.
Ervin has not granted interviews or spoken pubicly about her decision. But she’s been getting encouragement to run, including from longtime friend Donna F. Edwards, a former congresswoman now running for Prince George’s County executive.
Ervin, who lives in Silver Spring, is a former member of Montgomery County’s Board of Education and County Council. She’s spent most of her career working for unions and left a job with the Working Families Party, which advocates for progressive issues, when she joined the Kamenetz campaign.
When Kamenetz announced Ervin as his running mate in February, he said Ervin would be capable of running state government, which he said was a top priority for him.
“I know that she can govern from day one,” Kamenetz said at the time.
If Ervin stays in the race, she will be in a crowded Democratic field that also includes Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, former NAACP leader Ben Jealous, state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., author former State Department employee Alec Ross, Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah, who was a policy director for Michelle Obama.
The winner of the June primary election will face incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November’s general election.
You can read the full article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ervin-decision-deadline-20180516-story.html
Maryland Matters recently published an excellent article with analysis if Ervin was to enter the race: Analysis: How an Ervin Candidacy Would Transform the Democratic Primary. I have to say that I agree with much of what Maryland Matters wrote in the “If Ervin runs:” section of the article. I would even go so far as to say because of how this would shake up the race and the dings other campaigns would take…that Baker may be the big winner if Ervin does enter the race.
My gut tells me that she will not enter the race…this late in the game to stand up a serious run would be near impossible.
We will find out later today…so stay tuned.