In the first release of an anticipated series, the Maryland politics website Maryland Matters‘ veteran political write Bruce DePuyt talks with, and profiles, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.
“Under New Management” is the title of the series, and Maryland Matters talks first with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, elected in 2018 to lead one of Maryland’s largest jurisdictions. In the profile, she reflects on the county’s history, and its leaders before her, but sets her own vision on the years ahead.
In her first six months on the job (after serving eight years as state’s attorney), Alsobrooks has staffed up her government, shepherded her first budget through the County Council (a spending blueprint that included the first teacher pay raises in years), and won approval from the General Assembly for the county to build schools using a public-private partnership model.
But she may be the most energized by the turnout she gets at community meetings — and the sense that her constituents believe Prince George’s is headed in the right direction.
“I have not gone to a community meeting yet where there wasn’t a capacity crowd, people around the side,” she says. “People here are engaged. They are interested. They are enlightened. And it’s been helpful to me.”
Ms. Alsobrooks serves as a member of MACo’s Board of Directors, and is confirmed to speak during a veterans-focused workshop during the upcoming MACo Summer Conference in August.
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