Brown airing television and radio ads in Spanish in closing weeks of Md. primary race

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown announced Tuesday that he is airing both a television ad and a radio ad in Spanish, the first of their kind in the state’s 2014 campaign, during the final weeks of his primary campaign. (YouTube: Anthony Brown)

Maryland gubernatorial front-runner Anthony G. Brown announced Tuesday that he is airing a television ad and a radio ad in Spanish, both firsts in the state’s 2014 campaign, during the final weeks before the Democratic primary.

Aides to Brown, the state’s lieutenant governor, said the television spots are airing on Telemundo and Univision in both the Washington and Baltimore media markets and that the radio ads are airing on Spanish-language stations in both regions as well.

Brown, according to a new Washington Post poll, has a commanding lead in the race for governor over Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery). Early voting in the June 24 primary starts Thursday.

All three candidates have been vying for a share of the vote from the state’s rapidly growing Hispanic population. In February, Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, launched an Amigos de Brown-Ulman committee to expand outreach in the Latino community.

Brown’s new television ad, which began airing Thursday, portrays him as someone committed to serving others and includes footage of his time in the Army as well as an elected official in Maryland.

“He was raised to serve others before serving himself,” the narrator tells viewers in Spanish. The ad concludes with: “Anthony Brown . . . Para Gobernador.”

Brown’s campaign described the ads Tuesday in a news release written in Spanish.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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