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Lt. Governor Anthony Brown Eyes Governor Candidacy

May 10th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Putting an end to months of speculation, Maryland Lt  Governor Anthony Brown is expected to announce his gubernatorial bid today. Officials say that Brown will make the announcement during a picnic at Prince George’s Community College.  The lieutenant governor is also expected to make stops in Frederick, Montgomery County and Baltimore on Saturday. Brown, a Democrat, has served as the lieutenant governor of the state since 2006 alongside of Governor Martin O’Malley. Prior to assuming the post of lieutenant governor, Brown represented Prince George’s County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, rising to the position of majority whip. If elected, he would be Maryland’s first African-American governor. Serving as Lt Governor, while proving to be good for name recognition in recent elections, can also serve as a negative with the new candidate often forced to defend the record of his predecessor. Mickey Steinberg, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Michael Steele all made failed runs at the top spot after serving as second in  command. One of O’Malley’s most controversial recent initiatives was an increase in the gas tax. Lt Governor Brown has been an outspoken support of that measure.

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