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In Maryland governor’s race, Gansler wins backing of local electrical workers union

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler picked up the endorsement Thursday of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26, a Washington-area union whose leaders praised Gansler’s plans to create jobs.

“He’s energetic, and he wants to bring business back,” said Charles E. Graham, business manager for Local 26 at an event held at the union’s headquarters in Lanham that was also attended by Gansler’s running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s).

Gansler, Maryland’s attorney general, faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) in the June 24 Democratic primary.

Brown has won the majority of labor endorsements in the race, including that of the AFL-CIO Maryland-DC Council, the umbrella organization for unions in the state. IBEW Local 26 represents 8,000 electricians in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

Graham said its membership was convinced that Gansler’s ticket has the best record and firmest commitment on labor issues.

“Time and time again, Doug and Jolene have shown us not just in words, but in actions, their support for working men and women,” he said.

Gansler released a 30-point jobs plan in February, which includes initiatives designed to modernize the state’s workforce and support existing businesses. The plan includes a gradual reduction of the state’s corporate income tax, from 8.25 percent to 6 percent, which Gansler’s rivals have argued would be too costly to implement.

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

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