Spotlighting Angela Alsobrooks Candidate for County Executive Prince George’s County

Dedicated to Prince George’s County

A proud, life-long Prince Georgian, Angela was raised in Camp Springs and now resides in Upper Marlboro with her daughter, Alex. After graduation from the University of Maryland Law School, Angela began her career as a Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney in 1997, eventually becoming the county’s first full-time prosecutor assigned to handle domestic violence cases where she tried, and successfully prosecuted scores of cases against violent offenders.  In 2002, Angela was appointed by the County Executive to serve as Education Liaison, where she organized educational forums to help increase parental involvement in schools and environmental based learning opportunities.

Angela’s Education Platform for Prince George’s County

Our children have limitless potential. Our job as adults is to create schools that nurture children’s innate curiosity and make learning an enlightening experience that prepares students for the world beyond school walls.

Thus, our County government’s most profound responsibility is the education of our children. We must send our children the message that they can be extraordinary. To do otherwise is “the soft bigotry of low expectations” in the words of a former president. We, and our school system, must demand and expect better for our children. For too long, we’ve tolerated subpar performance and unacceptable results—we cannot settle for less than other jurisdictions.

We are blessed to have teachers, administrators, parents, students, and neighbors who care deeply about the caliber of our schools, but we can do much more to support them.

As State’s Attorney, I recognized we had a major issue with daytime break ins to homes and cars and many of our defendants were young people who belonged in school. With this in mind, I began the I Belong Here Truancy Reduction Initiative. Currently, the program is in three middle schools that had some of the highest truancy rates in the county. Thanks to our efforts, we have improved attendance in these schools to well over 90 percent from the 60 percent range.

We have continued the Teen Court program that allows students to serve as judges, juries, prosecutors and defense attorneys (with assistance from our prosecutors) to hear cases involving offenses that their classmates have committed at school. Student judges or juries then hand down the punishment and the student who has committed the offense is able to complete that sentence, thus avoiding any contact with our juvenile justice system and a criminal record. An added benefit of the program is the opportunity to introduce our students to careers in the legal field.

We must depoliticize education in the county and completely focus on our students’ needs and those of our teachers and parents. Our full attention must be on K-12 education, but also on pre-kindergarten and child care services, making sure our children are ready to start school, vocational and technical education, college readiness, higher education offerings, and education/training for those already in the workforce. With our partners in higher education, labor, employers and–most importantly—parents, we will work to deliver the results our students deserve.

Our education budget reflects our priorities. My budget will direct resources to the most important part of our school system–the classroom. Because county tax payers deserve to know where their dollars are going, I will publish online budgets for each of our schools, along with the school system’s budget. I want everyone to see firsthand the decisions we are making and demonstrate our commitment to putting resources in the classroom.

Budget Conscious

In 2003, she was appointed the Executive Director of the county’s Revenue Authority. Under her leadership, the agency increased revenue by 40% through their parking enforcement program and some of those funds were used to help the county maintain a balanced budget during the recession.

Breaking barriers

In 2010, overcoming a two-percent name recognition against a field of candidates who had all run for public office previously, Angela, by an overwhelming margin, was elected to serve as the county’s State’s Attorney, becoming the youngest and first woman to be elected to the office in Prince George’s County.

As State’s Attorney, Angela leads a staff of 100 attorneys and 110 professional administrative staff responsible for prosecuting people accused of committing crimes. As the county’s top law enforcement official, Angela plays a key role in public safety and strives to carry out her responsibilities in a firm, fair and consistent manner. Angela has:

    • Increased the office’s budget by 40%
    • Successfully fought for additional resources to support the needs of the community
    • Created a truancy reduction initiative that works with schools to keep kids on the right path
    • Started a program called “Back on Track” – aimed at giving low-level, non-violent offenders a second chance in the community.

Effective on crime

Under her leadership, prosecution rates have risen across the board and remained steady over the last six years. Alsobrooks and her office have been a major factor in the record crime reduction the county has seen over the last four years.

A true member of the community

Angela is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is involved in the effort to raise breast cancer awareness in her community.

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