by James Wright, Washington Informer
C. Anthony Muse, a well-known minister who leads the Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro, MD, and a state senator representing southern Prince George’s County, will take on U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin in the April 3rd Maryland Democratic Party primary and thus seek to become the first African American in history to represent the state of Maryland.
Muse, 53, announced his intentions at The Camelot by Martin’s Banquet Hall in Upper Marlboro recently before an estimated crowd of 2,000.
“I have traveled this state and people have told me that this country is going in the wrong direction,” he said. “I love this country and I love this state and people need to know that it is all right to have change.”
Muse noted that his opponent, Cardin, has been in public office “since I was 10 years old.”
Cardin, 68, was elected to the Senate in 2006, barely defeating former NAACP Chief Executive Officer Kweisi Mfume in the Democratic primary and comfortably winning the seat in the November election that year against then Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R). Before his election to the Senate, Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1987, where he was a speaker, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Muse served one term in the House of Delegates from 1994-1998. He was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.
Muse said while he likes and respects Cardin, he thinks he would be a better senator for the state.
“I want to do more than just occupy a seat,” he said. “I want to be someone who will be a voice for the people and someone who will fight for them.”
Muse bemoaned the high unemployment rate in parts of the state, saying that Baltimore, his hometown, suffers from a 30 percent jobless rate.
“We need to rebuild America,” he said. “I will unveil details of a jobs plan next week. There will be no more bubbles and gimmicks because we need to reclaim the American dream.”
Muse said education is important noting that Prince George’s County has a high school drop out rate of 50 percent and Baltimore has 70 percent. He said there is no reason why veterans who “fought for this country should come home with no jobs and homes are in foreclosure.”
Muse said he realizes he is the underdog in the race, but said it was nothing new to him.
“I have been in 11 foster homes and kicked out of three school systems,” he said. “All of my life has been an uphill journey. We can turn this moment into a movement.”
— Special from The Washington Informer