RELEASE: Wes Moore and his mom highlight latest ad in race for Maryland Governor


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May 9, 2022

Wes Moore and his mom highlight latest ad in race for Maryland Governor

Moore appears with his mother Joy Moore in new digital ad beginning today

Six-figure ad buy to run statewide online, digitally, and on streaming services beginning today

BALTIMORE (May 9, 2022) – Democratic candidate for Maryland governor Wes Moore unveiled a new ad highlighting his improbable life story and featuring his mother Joy Moore. The six-figure ad buy will run statewide online, digitally, and on streaming services beginning today, May 9, 2022. 

In the :30-second spot, Moore and his mother recount how Wes tragically watched his father die at a young age, leaving Joy Moore a single mother to Wes and his siblings. 

“Wes was three when his father died,” Joy Moore says.

“And suddenly my mom was raising three kids on her own,” Moore says.

Joy Moore explains how sending Moore to military school helped him find his way and led him to a life of public service. “As a kid Wes lost his way,” she explains.

“So she sent me to military school,” Wes Moore says.

“Wes went on to be an Army captain in Afghanistan and later served as CEO of one of the largest anti-poverty organizations,” Joy Moore goes on to say. 

Wes Moore credits his military service for imparting him with the philosophy that motivates his run for Governor: “In the Army, we had a simple motto – leave nobody behind,” he says.

“But here in Maryland, we’re leaving too many people behind,” Joy Moore adds.

“And that’s why I am running for governor.”

Watch the ad on YouTube » 

The compelling life story – lived and leadership experience – and vision for Maryland highlighted in the ad have distinguished Moore in the race for Governor and propelled him to the front of the crowded primary field. The Moore campaign’s Mother’s Day ad comes on the heels of Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Adrienne Jones (District 10) endorsing Moore on Saturday at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Catonsville. 

Wes Moore and his running mate former Del. Aruna Miller’s rapidly growing coalition includes endorsements from U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5), former 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. Guy Guzzone (District 13); Sen. Antonio Hayes (District 40); Sen. Cheryl Kagan (District 17); Sen. Delores Kelley (District 10); Sen. Obie Patterson (District 26); 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); Del. Frank Conaway, Jr. (District 40); Del. Debra Davis (District 28); Del. Jessica Feldmark (District 13); Del. Terri Hill (District 12); Del. Anne Kaiser (District 14); Del. Cheryl Landis (District 23B); Majority Leader Del. Eric Luedtke (District 14); Del. Roxane Prettyman (District 44A); Del. Mike Rogers (District 32); Del. Sandy Rosenberg (District 41); Del. Emily Shetty (District 18); Geraldine Valentino-Smith (District 23A); Del. and Baltimore City Delegation Chair Stephanie Smith (District 45); Del. Melissa Wells (District 40); Del. Nicole Williams (District 22); Former Del. Gene Counihan (District 15); Baltimore County Councilmember Cathy Bevins (District 6); Bowie Mayor Pro Tem & Councilmember Adrian Boafo; Baltimore City Councilmember John Bullock (District 9); Hagerstown City Councilmember Tiara Burnett; Morningside Mayor Bennard Cann; 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); Bowie City Councilmember Michael Esteve (District 11); 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); Former Gaithersburg Councilmember Yvette Monroe; Baltimore City Councilmember Phylicia Porter (District 10); 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); Baltimore City Councilmember James Torrence (District 7); Forest Heights Mayor Calvin Washington; former Maryland Democratic Party chairs Michael Cryor and Susie Turnbull; Former Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board Royce Hanson; 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 State Education Association; and VoteVetsPAC, one of the top veterans advocacy organizations in the country.

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