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In Md. governor’s race, Brown takes to the airwaves to tout work on domestic violence

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) is highlighting his work to reduce domestic violence in his latest television ad in his campaign for governor.

Both Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) have touted their efforts on the issue in their appeals to primary voters. The June contest also includes Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).

In Brown’s ad, the third of his 2014 campaign, he recalls the 2008 death of his cousin, Cathy, at the hands of her estranged boyfriend. Brown has said the episode was a pivotal moment in his involvement on the issue.

“We had to do better,” he tells viewers, before recounting several initiatives on which he has been involved, including legislation that requires abusers to surrender their firearms under certain circumstances.

Aides said the 30-second ad is airing only in the Baltimore media market for now.

During this year’s legislative session, both Brown and Gansler have pushed a bill that would allow judges to give enhanced penalties for crimes of violence committed in front of children. Prior to the start of the session, Gansler said Brown had “found religion on this issue on the doorstep of an election.”

Gansler touts his work on helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in a new ad his campaign debuted last week.

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

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