The gubernatorial candidate would work and live in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) – Annapolis has been Maryland’s capital for centuries, but a candidate for governor has said if elected he will work and live in Baltimore most of the year.

Rushern Baker, a Democrat who served as Prince George County’s executive from 2010 to 2018, said he hoped a physical presence in Baltimore would foster a partnership with city leaders The Baltimore Sun reported. Baker planned to announce his plans at McKeldin Plaza downtown on Friday.

Baker would work from State House during the 90-day session of the General Assembly and would work from Baltimore the rest of the year. He would also live in the city.

“The better Baltimore City does, the better the state does,” Baker said.

As county manager, Baker moved the county executive office and county agencies from Upper Marlboro, the county seat, to Largo, which is more central, accessible to public transportation and in need of economic development.

Only one of the eight men vying for the Democratic nomination in the race for governor is based in Baltimore. The others are based in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Maryland. The two most prominent Republican candidates are both from Frederick County.

The governor of Maryland has an office in a 29-story building that houses 1,100 workers from 14 state agencies, but Baker said he was unsure whether he would use that office, the State Center complex, or another. place.

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