Valerie Ervin to leave race, throw sup­port be­hind Baker

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Pamela Wood pwood@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/pwoodreporter

Valerie Ervin is drop­ping out of the Demo­cratic race for gover­nor and is of­fer­ing her sup­port to the cam­paign of Rush­ern L. Baker III.

Ervin and Baker have a joint an­nounce­ment planned for this morn­ing in Lan­g­ley Park.

Their an­nounce­ment will come on the eve of early vot­ing, which be­gins Thurs­day and runs through June 21. Pri­mary Election Day is June 26.

Ervin could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment Tues­day night. A spokes­woman for Baker de­clined to com­ment and re­ferred ques­tions to Ervin.

Ervin had a short-lived cam­paign for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion. She be­gan as the lieu­tenant gover­nor run­ning mate to Kevin Kamenetz, the Bal­ti­more County ex­ec­u­tive who was among the lead­ing can­di­dates when he died of sud­den car­diac ar­rest on May 10.

One week later, Ervin de­cided to take Kamenetz’s place at the top of the ticket, as is al­lowed by state law. She named Marisol John­son, a former Bal­ti­more County school board mem­ber, as her run­ning mate.

A Bal­ti­more Sun/Uni­ver­sity of Bal­ti­more poll last week showed her polling at 5 per­cent.

Baker, who is the cur­rent Prince Ge­orge’s County ex­ec­u­tive, was tied at 16 per­cent in the poll with former NAACP leader Ben Jeal­ous. Valerie Ervin

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