- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a professional who works for Glenn F. Ivey, I hope he will seriously consider running for the position of Prince George’s County executive. He is just what the county needs, and he is the man to take over the reign of leadership when the present term concludes (“State’s attorney eyes county chief post,” Metro, Wednesday).

I have worked for Mr. Ivey for five years. People always ask me why I commute a significant distance daily from Virginia to Prince George’s County, and I constantly reply it is because of Mr. Ivey. He is my professional inspiration.

Mr. Ivey is an exemplary public servant. He is a man of true character and profound integrity. He genuinely cares about the people who reside in the county, and he takes a sincere interest in preventing crime and dealing with the aftermath of criminal victimization. He listens to what people have to say, acknowledges differences when they arise, and is fair. Though at times he faces unwitting obstacles, he perseveres with steadfast determination and unrelenting dedication.

Mr. Ivey has been the recipient of unfair criticism regarding the Ronnie White case. Two grand juries have found no substantial evidence to indict anyone for Mr. White’s death and, without concrete facts, Mr. Ivey cannot move forward. Undeniably, there are those few who target Mr. Ivey as a scapegoat to place unjustified blame on him.

His possible challenger, Rushern Baker III, happens to be Mr. Ivey’s friend and a good man. They respect each other and acknowledge their mutual aspirations and political differences. Mr. Ivey is a class act in all respects, and he can fight a political challenger fairly, squarely and in a dignified fashion.

Mr. Ivey could be the next county executive and, with the support of citizens who want a safer county, he is the man they need to support when the time comes for him to throw his hat in the ring. He is by far the best in the business.

KAREN L. BUNE

Arlington

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