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Rushern Baker, III, Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor

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Democrat Rushern Baker, III , a former Prince Georges County Executive, is making his second run at being elected Governor of Maryland. (Photo credit: Michael Anthony Photography)

Today, we continue our 2022 series of Conversations with the Candidates. Between now and the primary in June, we’ll be talking to candidates vying for their party’s nominations for some of MD’s most high-profile offices.

Tom's guest today is Rushern Baker, III, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Maryland Governor.

Mr. Baker entered politics in 1994, serving in the Maryland House of Delegates until 2003. He lost his first two elections for Prince George’s County Executive, but he succeeded the term-limited incumbent, Jack Johnson, in 2010. Soon after that election, federal prosecutors arrested Johnson on corruption charges. Mr. Baker was widely credited with improving the county’s image and ending its “pay to play” legacy.

Rushern Baker is 63 years old. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Howard University. He was married for more than 30 years to Christa Beverly, a civil rights lawyer who passed away in 2021 after a long struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Baker was her primary caregiver. They are the parents of three grown children.

Mr. Baker has chosen as his running mate Nancy Navarro, a three-term Montgomery County Council member.

Rushern Baker joins us on Zoom.

You're welcome to join us as well.
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For more information on the 2022 elections, visit the State Board of Elections website.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Malarie is Midday's Supervisory Producer.
Rob is Midday's senior producer.