Jerry Mathis, the Republican candidate for Prince George’s County executive, has declined to accept his party’s nomination and will instead endorse his former opponent, Angela Alsobrooks.
The withdraw leaves Alsobrooks, a Democrat, as the only candidate for county executive.
According to Maryland Matters:
A lifelong Democrat, Mathis said he switched parties and became a candidate to give voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic county more choices. He told Maryland Matters that he decided to endorse Alsobrooks after a chance meeting with her father, Mac Alsobrooks, at a polling place.
“We knew the same people,” Mathis said. “There was a bonding there. And I began to see Angela through the eyes of her father. Then I saw the closeness between her and her father. And I said, ‘You know what, if this woman is anything like her father, that’s a person that I can depend on to help bring about the vision that I’ve always fought for in this county.’”
The Prince George’s County Republican central committee has until September 6th to nominate a replacement candidate.
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