Making Her Case
Alsobrooks Announces The Issues Her Campaign Will Address
By Lauren Poteat
As the race for viable candidates widens for the Prince George’s County Executive position, Angela D. Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney, recently announced plans to join the competition.
Preparing for a healthy showdown between popular candidate State Sen. C. Anthony Muse and former Maryland Housing Director Tommy Thompson, Alsobrooks, who announced her decision July 31, proclaimed that her bid to run was a symbol of the American dream.
“I am humbled by the opportunities provided to me and the lessons that I have learned in this house,” Alsobrooks said. “I have demonstrated leadership and the ability to get things done that matter. Today we are here for the next chapter, to fulfill the promise of my grandmother when she came here from Seneca, S.C. We have focused far too long on our potential. Whether you came here 45 days ago or 45 years ago, you will have a seat at the table of opportunity. The American dream will be shared by all.”
The event was met with over 100 people, who gathered together on the front lawn of her parent’s home in the small area of Camp Springs, as Alsobrooks, the county’s first full-time domestic violence prosecutor, delivered remarks surrounding the state of Maryland’s political climate and proclaiming that the success of the government would stand on three pillars of “safe communities, a strong and vibrant commercial tax base and quality education.”
During her speech Alsobrooks also advocated for ideas she believed to be essential for a more productive county. For example, she calls for better educational practices including more stringent connections between Prince George's County Public Schools and their administration alongside reevaluating proper teaching methods.
“As we confront each of the challenges we face, I will hold people accountable and demand real action and results, Alsobrooks said. “We will make the changes we need to make to deliver on our promises, and we will never settle for anything less.”
“A county executive has a solemn obligation to make government work for all citizens," she continued. "That means running an effective county administration that uses our tax dollars wisely to deliver the services we need. And yes, this includes a return to twice a week trash collection and cleaning up litter on our roadways.”
Alsobrooks also outlined additional priorities that she hopes to target. These items include:
- Education. Especially addressing safety and accountability.
- Trash Removal. Restoring the twice-per-week trash pickup.
Pivotal in prosecuting intense cases, alongside a plethora of domestic violence cases, Alsobrooks proclaims that she is best candidate. Currently, her office is addressing the case involving former Prince George’s County school aide Deonte Carraway, 23, who confessed to sexually abusing over a dozen students. It is also working on the case of 22-year-old Sean Christopher Urbanski, charged with the stabbing death of Bowie State University student/ROTC officer Richard Collins.
“I have been on the frontline,” Alsobrooks said. “I will deliver results. I will work with anyone regardless of their position or political affiliation to get the job done. We will do this. Our obligation to our children is sacred. I have spent the past 20 years preparing for this. I have worked with you. I have listened to you. I have even grieved with you. We all want the same thing; a hand up, not a handout.”
Alsobrooks was supported at the event by Maryland State Del. Diane Fennell (D-47), County Council Chairman Derrick L. Davis (D-6), County Council Rep. Karen R. Toles (D-7), County Clerk of the Court Sydney Harrison, Prince George’s County NAACP President Bob Ross, People for Change Coalition President Jerry McLaurin, Prince George’s County Central Committee member Theresa Dudley, Capitol Heights Police Chief Anthony Ayers, community activist and civic leaders Jacoline Key (Glassmanor Civic Association), Dave Jacobs, and Mark Johnson.
“I have always said that some of the best ideas and solutions come from the very citizens affected by the issues, Alsobrooks said. “If we stop, take stock, and listen to them, we can achieve more and reach ever higher. That is who I am, and that is how I would serve as your county executive.”