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Former Md. governor Parris Glendening endorses Brown in Democratic primary

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown picked up the endorsement Monday of former governor Parris N. Glendening, the last Prince George’s County resident to be elected governor.

Brown, the state’s lieutenant governor and a former delegate from Prince George’s, hailed Glendening as “the father of smart growth” and pledged to continue his standard of environmental stewardship during an event in Edmonston.

Glendening,a former Prince George’s County executive, praised the “bold leadership” on the environment during the past eight years under the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Brown.

Brown faces Attorney General Doulgas F. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) in the June 24 Democratic primary.

Brown has secured endorsements from most of the biggest names in the Maryland Democratic Party, including O’Malley, both of the state’s U.S. senators, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and both presiding officers in the General Assembly.

Separately Monday, Gansler picked up an endorsement from the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County. 

“From taking on the minority achievement gap in our schools, to championing re-entry reforms for ex-offenders, to going after predatory lenders who targeted minorities, Doug Gansler takes on the tough fights for what’s fair,” Javel “Jay” Wilson, vice president of the club, said in a statement.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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