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Moving Maryland Forward

April 27, 2010

Governor O’Malley Enjoyed Strong Support at PG Community College Rally



AS election season nears, the Maryland Governor’s race is well on its way to becoming one of the most watched races in the country. Current Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley is slated to face former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich on November 2, 2010. This is a race that everyone living in Maryland, especially working men and women, needs to pay careful attention to given the fragility of our economy, the need for more jobs and our desire to restore hope and prosperity to working families.

omally_grahamOn April 27th, state legislators, union members and active Marylanders all gathered at Prince George’s Community College in support of Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in their bid for re-election. The atmosphere was exciting, festive, optimistic. Business Manager Chuck Graham led the Local 26 delegation at the rally.

Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson introduced Lieutenant Governor Brown to the dais who said that they want to move Maryland forward, noting that their campaign is about creating a future for us and for our children. “Governor O’Malley has fought to protect our priorities and has a proven track record of making the difficult decisions,” Brown added. “Governor O’Malley believes that public service is about putting the public’s interest ahead of the special interests.”

After a hearty applause, Governor O’Malley addressed the crowd, but not before acknowledging Lieutenant Governor Brown’s unique position as the highest ranking government official in the United States to have served in Iraq. O’Malley went on to highlight some of the education-based accomplishments of his administration, including the investment of $33 million in capital projects at Prince George’s Community College, the fact that twice as many students are taking advanced placement exams in Prince George’s County than four years ago and that for four years in a row the University of Maryland has been able to avoid raising its tuition.

“Now more than ever, Maryland needs a governor who’s on our side,” O’Malley stated. “Some want to take Maryland back, but back to what; when our former governor jacked up tuition costs by 40 percent and our homicide rate was up? I don’t think so.”

And while O’Malley noted that Maryland is faring better than most states when it comes to jobs (Maryland led the U.S. in job creation in March), O’Malley said he felt there was still a lot of work to do. He highlighted protecting homeowners, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and cutting state spending as some of the other priorities on his to-do list.

If the atmosphere at the Governor’s rally is any indication, it’s clear that Marylanders do not want to turn the clock back to the days of the Ehrlich administration. What’s more, it’s clear that Governor O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Brown have a clear focus on what needs to be done to continue moving Maryland forward!

Top photo: Governor Martin O'Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown

Middle left photo: Business Manager Chuck Graham and Governor Martin O'Malley

Middle right photo: Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and Vice President Larry Greenhill, Sr.

Bottom photo, from left: Business Manager Chuck Graham, Andrew Thompson, George Hogan, Bobby C. Jacobs, Robert Schweizer, William Barger, Violet Carter, John Leslie, President Butch Ramos, Treasurer Jerry Lozupone, Steve Zimmerman, Mike Hoyt

Article by Jennifer Shure, IBEW Local 26

Photos by Kim Tyrrell, IBEW Local 26