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MORE THAN 200 MARYLAND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ENDORSE JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT

MARYLAND LEADERS DRAW STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN BIDEN AND TRUMP; PRAISE BIDEN’S ABILITY TO RESTORE AMERICA’S STANDING IN THE WORLD, AND GUIDE WORKING FAMILIES THROUGH ECONOMIC CRISIS

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BALTIMORE, MD (May 26, 2020) – More than 200 state and community leaders came together today to endorse Joe Biden for President.  The broad coalition, including US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, former US Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes,  Democratic members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, the President of the Senate of Maryland and the Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Democratic County Executives, praised Joe Biden’s ability to restore America’s place in the world and guide Maryland’s working families through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

“Biden has the experience and authenticity necessary to move the nation forward with our values intact. He’s a proven, reliable commodity at a time Marylanders need reassurance,” said State Delegate Erek Barron, former Biden Senate Counsel and leader of Biden for Maryland.  “It is gratifying to watch the Maryland Democratic Party come together like it has never before to elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States,” said State Senator Jim Rosapepe, partner of Delegate Barron in Biden for Maryland leadership.

“Without question, this is the most consequential election of my lifetime. Our nation craves a leader with empathy and understanding, who can bring us together during these difficult times. Joe Biden is that leader. He honors the core American values of opportunity and equality. He will be the steady hand we need who trusts experts and science and puts the health and welfare of our country before himself,” said US Senator Ben Cardin. “For the sake of all Marylanders and the entire country, we cannot get this election wrong. I am supporting my friend and former colleague, Joe Biden, for President of the United States and I’m asking every Marylander to vote for Joe.”

“As our country faces deep uncertainty, one thing is clear — we need a steady hand and true leader to navigate the storm and chart our future course,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen. “Joe Biden has spent decades fighting to ensure every American gets a fair shot, and he has not once forgotten where he’s from and who he’s fighting for. I’ve worked closely with Joe for years, and I’m proud to stand with him now for Maryland’s primary on June 2nd and onward to the general election as we do everything in our power to elect him President of the United States.”

“I have been both a colleague and friend to Joe Biden for many years.  I have seen what he has done to make the world a better place and to make our country safer, with a stronger economy, and better access to healthcare,” said former Senator Barbara A. Mikulski.

Former US Senator Paul Sarbanes and Representative John Sarbanes stated, “Joe Biden’s unique combination of experience and empathy will ensure a White House agenda focused on lifting up America’s working families and reaching out to those communities in our country that too often have been neglected.  In this moment of great challenge for America and for the world, Joe’s leadership and diplomatic skills will allow him to bring community and government leaders together with the best minds in business, science and public health in order to chart a successful path forward.  Joe Biden is the fighter America needs.  As President, he will lead us through to the other side of this crisis and commit every ounce of his being to building a more just society for all Americans.”

“Middle class families and Main Street businesses are suffering under Donald Trump,” said Speaker Adrienne A. Jones. “We cannot afford to gamble with our children’s future – they need hope. I support Joe Biden for President because children and families of all races are the soul of this country and that’s who Joe has always stood up and fought for.”

Said former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, “Joe Biden feels your pain, my pain.  He will make sure we have health care and good jobs with benefits for all of us.  That includes retirement!”

Said Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, “Joe Biden will restore trusted leadership, decency and our American values and ideals.”

“We need a President who will lead our nation out of this pandemic and the threat it has on our state’s economy, said House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh.  “That leader is Joe Biden.  He will be responsive to our towns, counties and great state.”

Said Representative Anthony Brown, “Joe Biden is a proven leader on issues important to every American—healthcare, job creation, crisis management and national security, and domestic violence. At such a critical time in our nation’s history, Joe brings a wealth of experience, competence, and purpose to the job, as well as a profound understanding of the needs and aspirations of working men and women.”

“The 2020 election is no ordinary election,” said Representative Jamie Raskin.  “It is literally a matter of life and death, health and sickness, democracy or decline.  History has assigned Joe Biden the awesome responsibility of leading the American people through this crucible.  Joe can draw upon a profound love of our country and a lifetime of devoted public service to the American people.”

 

“No candidate is better-equipped to protect our national security, expand quality health care to every American, and help our economy rebound from COVID-19,” said Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.  “Joe Biden has outlined strategies that are rooted in science, reason, and experience.  His is the type of thoughtful leadership we need in times of crisis.”

“Joe Biden is the person we need in the White House to unite our country and lead us through this unprecedented public health and economic crisis,” said Representative David Trone. “Joe will fight for the American worker and use his experience to create real change in our country when it comes to mental health care, the opioid epidemic, and reforming our criminal justice system. It’s never been more important for Marylanders to get out on June 2nd and support Joe Biden for President.”

“This November, we will face a stark choice as to who can move our state and country through this recovery,” said Senate President Bill Ferguson.  “Joe Biden has the experience, compassion, and knowledge to make sure that we emerge ready to build a brighter future for all Marylanders.”

“Joe Biden’s heart for service and his compassion for those we serve are things we should all aspire to,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.  “His strong leadership and steadying presence is exactly what we need to heal the division in our country and ensure that we are well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.”

“This country desperately needs a leader who can restore trust in government,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman.  “As President, Joe Biden can heal this Nation and build a stable economy, from the bottom up.”

“Now more than ever, America needs an experienced, thoughtful, and compassionate leader to unite us.  That person is Joe Biden,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said.  “As our Nation battles a public health pandemic and an economic crisis, we need Joe’s lifetime of service, record of working for hard-working Americans, and his clear vision for our future.”

“Joe Biden’s experience as a US Senator and Vice President gives him the knowledge and steady leadership that our country needs as we recover from this devastating pandemic,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.

“Now more than ever, our country is in dire need of Joe Biden’s leadership, empathy, and expertise to bring America out of this health and economic crisis and restore faith in our government’s ability to effectively address people’s problems,” said State Senator Shelly Hettleman.

Said State Delegate Dana Stein, “Joe Biden is the leader we need to get us through these challenging times.  He has unmatched experience, is well respected on the world stage, and most importantly, us a leader we can trust.”

“Joe Biden is a person of character and compassion who has the expertise, experience and relationships to be the effective leader we need now,” said State Delegate Anne Healey.  “He is smart, honest, and he cares about people and he knows better than most how to make government work for the common good.”

“Maryland needs Joe Biden in the White House to lead the way on economic recovery; decision-making informed by science and data; expanding access to health care; addressing climate change; rebuilding our infrastructure and all of the other challenges before us,” said State Delegate Marc Korman.

“Vice President Joe Biden is committed to public service and leaving our government more responsive and more compassionate than how he found it,” said State Delegate Jazz Lewis.  “From his work passing the Violence Against Women Act to his steadfast focus on helping working families, Joe Biden will be a great President of the United States.”

“I’ve endorsed Vice-President Biden because he has the capacity to unite our country and restore our standing in the world stage,” said Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Councilwoman.

“As a leader in Prince George’s County, I know that Joe Biden as the Democratic Presidential nominee will best serve the interests of our County and residents,” said Prince George’s County Council Chairman Todd M. Turner, “I urge you to support Joe Biden on June 2nd.”

“I am proud to support Joe Biden and I am confident that he will unite Democrats to defeat Trump in November.” Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Councilmember, At-Large, and former National Youth Vote Director, Obama for America

I am supporting former Vice President Joe Biden for President because he is selfless, a thoughtful leader, an advocate for what is right and has a high moral compass.  I am confident that he has what it takes to lead our country back on the right path both nationally and internationally, ” stated Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Mahasin El-Amin, Esq. 

“With a current occupant of the White House who encourages armed mobs, asserts that he is above the law, and fires inspectors general for investigating corruption, I look forward to the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States and a return to the Rule of Law,” said Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Scott Poyer.

Said Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, “In this troubled moment in US history, Joe Biden is best equipped to save our democracy and restore our standing in the world.”

“Vice President Biden is the leader that America so desperately needs,” said Bowie Mayor Pro Tem Adrian Boafo.  “Not only will he restore dignity to the Oval Office but he has the experience and real solutions that will help move our nation forward. I look forward to doing all I can to make sure he is elected in November. “

 

“I support Joe Biden, not only because he is the best candidate equipped to defeat Trump, but also because we need a principled leader to reunite our divided country,” said Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Laurie-Ann Sayles.  “He has a record of bipartisanship and inclusivity to ensure that people historically left out of the middle class—whether due to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion—have the chance to succeed.”

Said former State Delegate Gene Counihan, “Joe Biden will provide leadership to the country and restore integrity to the White House.”

Joe Biden will restore decency and moral leadership to the Presidency,” said former State Delegate Tim Maloney.

“Joe Biden has always been a great public health leader, as when he played a key role in getting the Affordable Care Act enacted, said public health leader Vinny DeMarco.  “Now more than ever with the COVID-19 epidemic, we need him to be President.”

BIDEN FOR MARYLAND ENDORSERS

US Senator Ben Cardin

US Senator Chris Van Hollen

Former US Senator Paul Sarbanes

Former US Senator Barbara Mikulski

Former US Senator Kent Conrad

Congressman Anthony Brown

Congressman Kweisi Mfume

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Congressman John Sarbanes

Congressman David Trone

Former Congressman John Delaney

Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest

Former Congressman Albert Wynn

Former Governor Martin O’Malley

Former Governor Parris Glendening

Attorney General Brian Frosh

Treasurer Nancy Kopp

Former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Former Secretary of State of Maryland John McDonough

Anne Arundel

  • Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman
  • State Delegate from District 32 Sandy Bartlett
  • State Senator from District 32 Pam Beidle
  • Former MD State Senator John Astle
  • Former State Delegate from District 32 Joan Cadden
  • Former State Delegate from District 30A Alice Cain
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 30 Virginia Clagett
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 30 Dick D’Amato
  • Anne Arundel County, MD Councilmember Andrew Pruski
  • Former Anne Arundel County, MD Council Member Jamie Benoit
  • Anne Arundel County, MD Clerk of the Circuit Court Scott Poyer
  • Anne Arundel County, MD Councilmember Lisa Rodvien
  • Annapolis, MD City Councilwoman Ellie Tierney
  • Former Director of Energy Administration of MD Frederick Hoover
  • Former Annapolis, MD Mayor Ellen Moyer
  • Former Annapolis, MD City Councilman Ian Pfeiffer
  • Former Anne Arundel County Councilman Pete Smith
  • Former Annapolis, MD City Councilman Carl Snowden

Baltimore City 

  • Baltimore Mayor Jack Young
  • Former Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • President of the MD Senate; MD State Senator from District 46 Bill Ferguson
  • MD State Senator from District 40 Antonio Hayes
  • MD State Delegate from District 46 Robbyn Lewis
  • MD State Delegate from District 46 Brooke Lierman
  • MD State Senator from District 45 Cory McCray
  • MD State Delegate from District 43 Maggie McIntosh
  • Former MD State Delegate and Senator from District 43 John Pica
  • MD State Delegate from District 41 Samuel Rosenberg
  • MD State Delegate from District 45 Stephanie Smith
  • MD State Senator from District 43 Mary Washington
  • Former Baltimore City Council Member Helen Holton
  • Former Baltimore City Council Member Jim Kraft
  • State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby
  • Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Larry Gibson
  • Maryland Public Health and Healthcare Advocate Vinny DeMarco

Baltimore County

  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
  • Former Baltimore County Executive Ted Venetoulis
  • Former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler
  • Speaker of the MD House; MD State Delegate from District 10 Adrienne Jones
  • MD State Delegate from District 8 Harry Bhandari
  • MD State Delegate from District 11 Lisa Belcastro
  • MD State Delegate from District 10 Benjamin Brooks
  • MD State Delegate from District 12 Eric Ebersole
  • MD State Delegate from District 42A Cathi Forbes
  • MD State Delegate from District 42B Michele Guyton
  • MD State Senator from District 11 Shelly Hettleman
  • MD State Delegate from District 8 Carl Jackson
  • MD State Senator from District 10 Delores Kelley
  • MD State Senator from District 8 Kathy Klausmeier
  • MD State Senator from District 44 Charles Sydnor
  • MD State Delegate from District 11 Dana Stein
  • MD State Delegate from District 44 Pat Young
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 9 Gerry Brewster
  • Former MD State Senator from District 42 James Brochin
  • Former MD State Delegate District 8 Eric Bromwell
  • Former State Delegate from District 8 Donna Felling
  • Former State Delegate Leslie Hutchinson
  • Former MD State Senator from District 12 Edward Kasemeyer
  • Former MD State Senator from District 11 Robert Zirkin
  • Baltimore County Council Member Cathy Bevins
  • Baltimore County Council Member Julian Jones
  • Baltimore County Council Member Izzy Patoka
  • Baltimore County Council Member Tom Quirk
  • Baltimore County Register of Wills Grace Connolly
  • President, MD State Education Association Cheryl Bost
  • Former Assistant Secretary of Business & Economic Development of MD Hannah Byron

Eastern Shore

  • Former Wicomico County Executive Richard Pollitt
  • Speaker Pro Tem MD House, MD State Delegate from District 37A Sheree Sample-Hughes
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 15 Gene Counihan
  • Worcester former MD State Senator from District 38; former MD State Delegate; former Mayor of Ocean City, MD James Mathias
  • Former Easton, MD Town Council; former Talbot County Maureen Curry
  • Former Talbot County, MD Council President & Council; former Talbot County, MD State’s Attorney Philip Foster
  • Former State Delegate from District 22 Anne MacKinnon Welsh
  • Former Chair, Eastern Shore Association of Democrats; former Queenstown, MD Commissioner Irving Pinder
  • Caroline County Democratic Club President Judy Reveal
  • Former President, Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners Gene Ransom
  • Former Wicomico County Council President Tony Sarbanes
  • Former President, Democratic Women’s Club of Talbot County, MD Joyce Scharch
  • Former Talbot County Councilwoman Hilary Spence
  • Worcester Mayor of Berlin, MD Gee Williams

Frederick County

  • Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner
  • Frederick County Councilman Kai Hagen
  • MD State Delegate from District 3B Ken Kerr
  • Frederick City Councilman Roger Wilson
  • MD State Delegate from District 3A Karen Lewis Young
  • MD State Senator from District 3; former Mayor of Frederick, MD Ronald Young
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 3A former Frederick County, MD Commissioner Galen Clagett
  • Former Chair, University System of Maryland Board of Regents Tom Slater

Harford County

  • Harford MD State Delegate from District 34A Steve Johnson
  • Harford MD State Delegate from District 34A Mary Ann Lisanti
  • Former Harford MD State Delegate Michael Comeau
  • Former State Delegate Barbara Kreamer
  • Harford County, MD Former Councilman Dion Guthrie

Howard County

  • Howard County Executive Calvin Ball
  • Former Howard County, MD Executive Elizabeth Bobo
  • Former Howard County, MD County Councilman C. Vernon Gray
  • MD State Delegate from District 13 Vanessa Atterbeary
  • MD State Delegate from District 12 Jessica Feldmark
  • Howard County State’s Attorney Richard Gibson
  • MD State Senator from District 13 Guy Guzzone
  • MD State Senator from District 9 Katie Fry Hester
  • Howard County Councilman Opel Jones
  • MD State Senator from District 12 Clarence Lam
  • MD State Delegate from District 13 Shane Pendergrass
  • Former MD State Delegate Neil Quinter
  • MD State Delegate from District 13 Jen Terrasa
  • Democratic Caucus Vice Chair of the MD House; MD State Delegate from District 9B Courtney Watson
  • Howard County, MD Register of Wills Byron Macfarlane

Montgomery County

  • Former County Executive Isiah Leggett
  • MD State Delegate from District 17 Kumar Barve
  • MD State Delegate from District 17 Julie Palakovich Carr
  • MD State Delegate from District 20 Lorig Charkoudian
  • Deputy Speaker pro tempore of the MD House; MD State Delegate from District 19 Bonnie Cullison
  • MD State Senator from District 15; former MD State Delegate from District 15 Brian Feldman
  • Montgomery County Councilman Andrew Friedson
  • Deputy Majority Whip of the MD House; MD State Delegate from District 17 Jim Gilchrist
  • MD State Senator from District 17 Cheryl Kagan
  • MD State Delegate from District 14 Anne Kaiser
  • Deputy Majority Whip of the House; MD State Delegate from District 16 Ariana Kelly
  • Majority Leader of MD Senate; MD State Senator from District 39; former MD State Delegate Nancy King
  • MD State Delegate from District 16 Marc Korman
  • MD State Senator from District 19 Benjamin Kramer
  • Majority Whip of the MD Senate; MD State Senator from District 16 Susan Lee
  • MD State Delegate from District 16 Sara Love
  • Majority Leader of the MD House; MD State Delegate from District 14 Eric Luedtke
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 12A Timothy Maloney
  • Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Navarro
  • Montgomery County Councilman Hans Reimer
  • MD State Delegate from District 39 Kirill Reznik
  • former President pro tempore of MD Senate; former MD State Delegate from District 20 Ida Ruben
  • Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Laurie-Anne Sayles
  • MD State Delegate from District 18 Emily Shetty
  • MD State Senator from District 20 William Smith
  • MD State Delegate from District 15 Lily Qi
  • MD State Senator from District 18 Jeff Waldstreicher
  • MD State Delegate from District 20 Jheanelle Wilkins
  • MD State Senator from District 14 Craig Zucker
  • Former MD State Senator from District 20; former MD State Delegate from District 20 Stewart Bainum
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 16 Gilbert Genn
  • Former Majority Leader of MD House; former MD State Delegate from District 18 John Hurson
  • Montgomery County, MD Register of Wills Joseph Griffin
  • Former Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal
  • Mayor of Somerset, MD Jeffrey Slavin
  • Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel
  • Former Montgomery County Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg
  • Former Mayor of Rockville, MD Susan Hoffmann
  • Former DNC Vice Chair; former MD Democratic Party Chair Susan Turnbull
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to European Union; former Under Secretary; former Deputy Secretary Stuart Eizenstat
  • General Counsel, MD Association of Realtors Mark Feinroth

Prince George’s

  • Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks
  • Former Prince George’s County, MD Executive Rushern Baker
  • MD State Senator from District 47 Malcolm Augustine
  • MD State Delegate from District 24 Erek Barron
  • MD State Senator from District 24 Joanne Benson
  • MD State Delegate from District 25 Dereck Davis
  • Assistant Majority Leader of the MD House; MD State Delegate from District 47B Wanika Fisher
  • President pro tempore of the MD Senate; MD State Senator from District 25 Melony Griffith
  • MD State Delegate from District 24 Andrea Harrison
  • MD State Delegate from District 22 Anne Healey
  • MD State Delegate from District 23B Marvin Holmes
  • Former Deputy Speaker pro tempore of MD House; former MD State Delegate from District 24 Carolyn J.B. Howard
  • Prince George’s County Councilwoman and Former MD State Delegate from District 47 Jolene Ivey
  • MD State Delegate from District 27B Michael Jackson
  • MD State Delegate from District 21 Mary Lehman
  • MD State Delegate from District 24 Jazz Lewis
  • Deputy Majority Whip of the MD Senate; MD State Senator from District 26 Obie Patterson
  • MD State Delegate from District 21 Joseline Pena-Melnyk
  • MD State Senator from District 21; former U.S. Ambassador to Romania; Jim Rosapepe
  • MD State Delegate from District 27A Susie Proctor
  • MD State Delegate from District 26 Veronica Turner
  • MD State Delegate from District 26 Kris Valderrama
  • Deputy Majority Whip of MD House; MD State Delegate from District 23A Geraldine Valentino-Smith
  • MD State Delegate from District 23B Ron Watson
  • MD State Delegate from District 22 Nicole Williams
  • Former State Delegate from District 25 Angela Angel
  • Former Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene Jones
  • Former Secretary of Aging of MD; former MD State Senator; former MD State Delegate Gloria Lawlah
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 22 Justin Ross
  • Former Prince George’s County Register of Wills Lynn Loughlin Skerpon
  • Former MD State Delegate from District 24 Darren Swain
  • Former MD State Senator and Delegate from District 25 Bea Tignor
  • Former Prince George’s County, MD County Councilwoman Karen Toles
  • Former Glenarden, MD Mayor Donjuan Williams
  • Prince George’s County, MD Clerk of Circuit Court Mahasin El Amin
  • Bowie, MD City Council Member & Mayor Pro Tem Adrian Boafo
  • Bowie, MD City Council Member Michael Esteve
  • Bowie, MD City Council Member Ingrid Harrison
  • Prince George’s County, MD State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy
  • Prince George’s County, MD Councilman Mel Franklin
  • Prince George’s County, MD Council Vice Chair Calvin Hawkins
  • Prince George’s County, MD Council Sydney Harrison
  • Greenbelt City Councilman Emmett Jordan
  • College Park, MD City Councilwoman Denise Mitchell
  • Hyattsville, MD City Council Joseph Solomon
  • Prince George’s County, MD Council Chair; former Bowie, MD City Council Todd Turner
  • Cheverly City Council and Vice Mayor Micah Watson
  • Mayor of College Park, MD Patrick Wojahn
  • Former Chief of Staff to former Lieutenant Governor of MD, Anthony Brown Earl Adams
  • Former Prince George’s County, MD County Attorney Len Lucchi
  • Former President of Prince George’s Hospital John O’Brien

Southern Maryland

  • State Senator from District 27; President Emeritus of MD Senate Mike Miller
  • St. Mary’s Delegate from District 29 Brian Crosby
  • Charles MD State Senator from District 28 Arthur Ellis
  • President of Veterans Democratic Club of Charles County Edward Holland
  • Former Calvert MD Delegate Sue Kullen
  • Charles MD State Delegate from District 28 Edith Patterson
  • IBEW Director of Support Services David Salazar
  • Former Charles MD State Senator from District 28 Thomas Middleton
  • St. Mary’s Former President, MD State Teachers Association Karl Kirby Pence