Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake July 1 endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s run for governor, adding her support to the 70 state municipal officials who are embracing the drive to elect Maryland’s first Black chief executive.
“I have been thrilled by the track record of leadership that Brown has shown. He understands that Baltimore is an economic engine for the state of Maryland,” the mayor said at a July 1 news conference at The Avenue Bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore.
“You can see the footprints of his administration all throughout our city. He’s willing to partner, create jobs and strengthen our communities,” Rawlings-Blake added.
As of June 25, Brown, 51, had a double-digit lead in the race for the Democratic nomination. Campaign manager Justin Schall said in a recent interview that, “Brown is continuing to help create economic opportunities for everyone in Maryland.”
Brown, like many political officials, touched on the recent surge in violent crime in Baltimore. “It’s about partnership, no community or city can do it alone,” Brown said recently about how to approach street crime. “It’s important we leverage all of our assets, whether it’s Maryland State Police or working with Baltimore City Police.
“Employing the best technologies that are available to us and providing the best training and the number of law enforcement personnel in our community.”