Former NAACP President Jealous Wins Dem Gov Nom in Maryland

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Ben Jealous

Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on June 26, 2018.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday, giving him a shot at becoming the state’s first black governor and setting up a battle between the progressive candidate and a popular Republican incumbent.

Jealous beat Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker in the crowded primary. In November, Jealous faces Governor Larry Hogan, who hopes to become the first GOP governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954. Hogan was unchallenged for his party’s nomination.

Jealous said his goal is not just to win an election, but build a movement and lead into law a new agenda. …

Jealous won support from leading liberals on the national stage, including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who rallied with him in Silver Spring. Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California also endorsed him. Comedian Dave Chappelle and Ben Cohen, a co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, made stops in Maryland to appear with him. …

NY Times 6/26

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