Rushern Baker III; He Inherited a Mess and Dug Prince George’s County Out (E-29)

Rushern Baker III inherited a mess when he became Prince George’s County Executive in 2010. Today, the County is quite different!

The County Executive sat down with The Crabs to talk about it.  We hear about his roots in Valdosta to when he first discovered that Accokeek was really in Prince George’s County.

He tells the story about getting a phone call from his mother, “Oh my God, I heard you got arrested!” and managing a snowstorm from a Waffle House somewhere in North Carolina. And of course the aftermath from his predecessor, Jack Johnson, left as he was indicted and sent to prison.

Finally, we hear about how he plans to handle the Westphalia project that could be a major choking point in the I-95 corridor near MGM’s National Harbor and Andrews Air Force Base.

All in all, we learn what it takes to take a Phoenix named Prince George’s County from the ashes–figuratively and literally!

Give County Executive Baker a follow on Twitter–he’s really active there… @CountyExecBaker.… or Facebook….or shoot him an email at CExecutive@co.pg.md.us, or just go old school to the website!

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