Today at the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) spring Representative Assembly (RA) the educator union representing 76,000 public school educators voted to endorse Wes Moore for governor, Delegate Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore City) for comptroller, and U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-4th) for attorney general in the primary scheduled for July 19.
Nine candidates for governor completed the process to obtain the union’s endorsement and addressed the assembled delegates on Saturday. The MSEA Endorsement Council nominated Moore based on his personal history as a Marylander with a commitment to service and leadership that aligns with MSEA’s goals for a world-class education for every student.
“Our students and communities need leadership committed to the promise that no matter their neighborhood they will have the same opportunity to reach their potential,” said MSEA President Cheryl Bost. “Wes Moore has demonstrated a commitment to unite people whom he leads in the fight for racial, social justice, and to give an educators a voice in the decisions and policies that affect education.”
Moore, whose endorsement received 85% of the delegates’ votes, promised that educators would indeed have a voice in his administration. “Nothing about you without you,” Moore said. “You are going to have a true partner in Annapolis. … I am so humbled and so grateful.”
Moore, Lierman, and Brown reiterated their commitment to support public education specifically through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, a funding formula designed to transform Maryland education.
“The Blueprint: I will fund it, but we will implement it together,” Moore said.
Lierman’s endorsement received 98% of delegates’ votes. Lierman has worked with educators on pension issues, student discipline policies and education funding, including her work on the Blueprint. She committed to working closely with educators in her role as comptroller.
Brown, whose endorsement received 96% of delegates’ votes, committed to seeing the Blueprint implemented faithfully to help students fulfill their dreams.
“I’m going to be the education attorney general,” Brown said.
Candidates value an endorsement from the state’s largest union. Educators mobilize to promote endorsed candidates at polling places across Maryland with the Apple Ballot.