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Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) on Friday made a strong geographic and racial appeal for Dereck E. Davis’ bid to become the next speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Speaking to reporters at a county elementary school, Alsobrooks said Davis, the chair of the House Economic Matters Committee, was “well prepared” to lead the chamber following the death Sunday of long-serving Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel).

“As the leader of Prince George’s County, I think it would be ideal to have — as a presiding officer — a person who represents Prince George’s County,” she said. “As you know, we do not have in statewide leadership a single Prince Georgian, nor do we have an African-American.”

She described Davis as “fair-minded and respected, able to listen to both sides.” In an interview she called him “very intelligent… with a nimble mind. A thinker.”

Davis has said little publicly about his desire to succeed Busch, who served as speaker for 17 years. Neither has the other presumed frontrunner, Del. Maggie L. McIntosh (D-Baltimore), the chair of the Appropriations Committee.

But there is widespread agreement in the political community that McIntosh is close to sewing up the majority of the House Democratic Caucus. A State House Democratic insider told Maryland Matters that McIntosh has 49 commitments, compared to 22 for Davis. In a caucus with 98 members, 50 votes would be needed to attain the majority.

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