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O'Malley and running mate visit

December 13, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

karenh@herald-mail.com

On the first leg of what promises to be a long campaign, gubernatorial candidate Martin O'Malley's new running mate said he anticipates a tough fight for the support of Western Maryland voters.

"Let's just say Democrats need to work hard, and we need to work hard together so we can see that Maryland's working families and children and senior citizens ... so that we can see ... that their needs are properly addressed," Prince George's County Del. Anthony G. Brown said.

O'Malley, who has served as mayor of Baltimore for six years, introduced Brown as his running mate during a Monday afternoon stop at the Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council headquarters on East Franklin Street in Hagerstown. About 75 union representatives and leaders turned out to hear remarks by the two men, said Randy Gore, a business representative for the local carpenters union.

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"I think we need some new blood in the state because what we have right now isn't doing much for the working man," Gore said as people snapped pictures of the candidates.

O'Malley, who chose Brown as a running mate last week, is the first candidate to announce his ticket. He and fellow Democratic candidate Doug Duncan are challenging incumbent Robert Ehrlich for the governor's seat. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is running for U.S. Senate.

O'Malley said Monday that Brown's leadership has impressed him.

"The vision of our team is to make Maryland in every county a safer place, a healthier place, and a place where there are opportunities for all people," O'Malley said.

A U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, Brown recently returned from about 10 months in Iraq. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prince George's Community College.

Jack Wilson, president of the Western Maryland Building and Construction Trades Council, said it is time politicians took seriously the concerns of Western Maryland.

"Like I said earlier, we need some representation in this part of the state. When people in Annapolis think Western Maryland is the Frederick City line, we have a problem out here," said Wilson, a Cumberland, Md., plumber.

Green-and-white posters promoting O'Malley's bid hung from the walls at the union headquarters. They advertised the new ticket and "leadership that works for Maryland."

Brown said he is looking forward to instilling a spirit of consensus and compromise in Annapolis. He said he plans to advocate for more funding for higher education to help control tuition increases.

"I'm looking forward to the partnership (with O'Malley). He's got a lot of passion for public service, and I think it's going to be a great exciting team," Brown said.

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