BREAKING: Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Senate President Bill Ferguson endorse Wes Moore for Maryland Governor

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June 21, 2022

Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Senate President Bill Ferguson endorse Wes Moore for Maryland Governor

Powerful Baltimore leaders deliver coveted endorsements in front of 21st century school in Cherry Hill 

Moore-Miller coalition is unrivaled with endorsements of key congressman and state senate president 

BALTIMORE (June 21, 2022) – Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor Wes Moore today earned some of the most coveted endorsements in the Democratic primary as Rep. Kweisi Mfume (MD-7) and Senate President Bill Ferguson (District 46) enthusiastically announced their support for Moore and his running mate, former Del. Aruna Miller. 

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“I am deeply honored to receive the trust and the support of two friends and leaders who have devoted their lives to public service in Baltimore and in Maryland – Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Senate President Bill Ferguson,” Wes Moore said. “A Moore-Miller administration will work in partnership with our state legislature and our federal delegation to keep our communities safe, ensure every child has access to a world-class public education, and expand economic opportunities for every family in this state. Too many communities have been left out for too long. Together, we will build a Maryland where no one is left behind.”

Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Senate President Bill Ferguson delivered their coveted endorsements in front of The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. 

“Our future will be decided by what we do today. That’s why I have chosen to strongly endorse Wes Moore to be the next Governor of Maryland. He represents a new generation of leadership with the courage to fight and fix the problems we face everyday.  Wes and Aruna Miller, as Lt. Governor, are today’s hope for a better tomorrow. Together they inspire the young and old to believe again in the art of the possible,” said Rep. Kweisi Mfume (MD-7). “The time is now for all of us and for all of Maryland to step into a bold and bright new future of good government, leadership, opportunity, and achievement. That’s why I’m supporting Wes Moore for Governor and his efforts to shape an even better Maryland, where no one is left behind.”

A legend in Maryland politics, Mfume was elected to Maryland’s 7th congressional district following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings in 2020. He previously represented the district in Congress from 1987 to 1996, and served as President and CEO of the NAACP from 1996 to 2004. Mfume becomes only the second member of Maryland’s federal delegation to endorse a candidate in the crowded primary, following U.S. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s endorsement of Moore in April.

“Earlier today, I proudly stood with Wes Moore and Aruna Miller in Historic Cherry Hill, Baltimore, to emphatically endorse both Wes and Aruna as Maryland’s next Governor and Lt. Governor,” said Senate President Bill Ferguson (District 46). “Having had to lead during a global crisis, I understand that leadership matters.  Marylanders deserve a Governor who knows how to make tough, yet balanced choices while serving.  Wes has a passion for service, as demonstrated by his service to Baltimore, service to Maryland, service to our country, and most importantly, service to people. He also has a magnetic ability to inspire and attract great people.  I am confident he is ready to bring a talented group together to lead Maryland as we emerge from a once in a lifetime global pandemic.”

“I encourage everyone to vote in the next 28 days either by mail or at the polls, and I urge Marylanders to vote for Wes and Aruna for Governor and Lt. Governor to protect our future health and economic viability,” Ferguson added.

Ferguson is the highest ranking Democrat in the Maryland Senate. The powerful legislator has served in District 46 in Baltimore City since 2010. Following the endorsement from Speaker Adrienne Jones, Moore has now earned the support of the highest ranking Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly. He has also earned more endorsements from Maryland legislators than any other candidate in the crowded field. 

Moore’s unrivaled ability to unify key leaders and party stakeholders behind his candidacy demonstrates the level of partnership he is uniquely positioned to bring to Annapolis as governor of Maryland.

“Our vision for Maryland has earned our ticket the most dynamic coalition of supporters across Maryland” said candidate for Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller. “I am honored to have these great leaders in Baltimore, Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Senate President Bill Ferguson, join Wes Moore and me, and so many leaders and community members across Maryland as part of this historic opportunity to expand work, wages, and wealth across Maryland.”

In his bid to become the next Governor of Maryland, Wes Moore has earned the support of U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5); Governor and former Prince George’s County Executive Parris Glendening; Former Democratic nominee for Governor Ben Jealous; Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks; Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman; Former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler; Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy; Sen. Malcolm Augustine (District 47); President pro tempore of the Maryland Senate Melony Griffith (District 25); Sen. Guy Guzzone (District 13); Sen. Antonio Hayes (District 40); Sen. Mike Jackson (District 27); Sen. Cheryl Kagan (District 17); Sen. Delores Kelley (District 10); Sen. Susan Lee (District 16); Sen. Obie Patterson (District 26); Sen. Paul Pinsky (District 22); Sen. Ron Watson (District 23); Former Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (District 45); Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Adrienne Jones (District 10); Del. Marlon Amprey (District 40); Del. Vanessa Atterbeary (District 13); Del. Ben Barnes (District 21); Del. Kumar Barve (District 17); Del. Lisa Belcastro (District 11); Del. Regina Boyce (District 43); Del. Chanel Branch (District 45); Former Del. Karen Britto (District 16); Del. Ben Brooks (District 10); Del. Frank Conaway, Jr. (District 40); Del. Debra Davis (District 28); Del. Jessica Feldmark (District 13); Del. Jim Gilchrist (District 17); Del. Andrea Harrison (District 24); Del. Terri Hill (District 12); Del. Rachel Jones (District 27B); Del. Anne Kaiser (District 14); Del. Cheryl Landis (District 23B); Democratic Caucus Chair Del. Jazz Lewis (District 24); Majority Leader Del. Eric Luedtke (District 14); Del. Maggie McIntosh (District 43); Del. Edith Patterson (District 28); Del. Roxane Prettyman (District 44A); Del. Susie Proctor (District 27A); Del. Mike Rogers (District 32); Del. Sandy Rosenberg (District 41); Del. Emily Shetty (District 18); Del. and Baltimore City Delegation Chair Stephanie Smith (District 45); Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (District 23A); Del. Melissa Wells (District 40); Del. Nicole Williams (District 22); Former Del. Gene Counihan (District 15); Washington Grove Mayor and former MCDCC Chair Darrell Anderson; Baltimore County Councilmember Cathy Bevins (District 6); University Park Councilmember and Mayor-Elect Joel Biermann; Bowie Mayor Pro Tem & Councilmember Adrian Boafo; Baltimore City Councilmember John Bullock (District 9); Hagerstown City Councilmember Tiara Burnett; Morningside Mayor Bennard Cann; Acting Cambridge Mayor Lajan Cephas; Charles County Commissioner Thomasina Coates (District 2); Baltimore City Councilmember Zeke Cohen (District 1); Baltimore City Councilmember Mark Conway (District 4); Baltimore City Councilmember Eric Costello (District 11); Prince George’s County Councilmember Tom Dernoga (District 1); Bowie City Councilmember Michael Esteve (District 11); Former Kensington Mayor Pete Fosselman; Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman; Prince George’s County Council Chair Calvin Hawkins (At Large); Gaithersburg Councilmember Lisa Henderson; Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando (At Large); Baltimore County Council Chair and Councilmember Julian Jones (District 4); Hagerstown Mayor Emily Keller; Hagerstown City Councilmember Tekesha Martinez; Prince George’s County Councilmember Johnathan Medlock (District 6); Laurel Mayor Craig Moe; Former Gaithersburg Councilmember Yvette Monroe; Pocomoke City Councilmember Todd Nock (District 4); Baltimore City Councilmember Phylicia Porter (District 10); Baltimore County Councilmember Tom Quirk (District 1); Baltimore City Councilmember Odette Ramos (District 14); Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin; Riverdale Park Councilmember Richard Smith (Ward 1); Laurel Councilmember Brencis Smith (Ward 2); Baltimore City Councilmember Robert Stokes (District 12); Prince George’s County Councilmember Rodney Streeter (District 7); Baltimore City Councilmember James Torrence (District 7); Forest Heights Mayor Calvin Washington; Joe Vogel, candidate for delegate in District 17; Former Maryland Democratic Party chairs Michael Cryor and Susie Turnbull; Former Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board Royce Hanson; Former Chair of the Public Service Commission Kevin Hughes; Christopher Stevenson, candidate for delegate in District 24, The Baltimore Fire Officers Union Local 964; Collective PAC, one of the nation’s largest organizations working to build Black representation in government; Impact, a leading national organization supporting the Indian American and South Asian community; Ironworkers Local #5, a progressive union representing over 1,000 ironworkers; The Maryland League of Conservation Voters; The Maryland State Education Association; VoteVetsPAC, one of the top veterans advocacy organizations in the country.

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