Brown brings campaign to Dundalk
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:03

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown made an appearance at the Sparrows Point Country Club last week.
photo courtesy Executive Office of the Governor

by Ben Boehl

Since Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced his bid for governor in May, he has been campaigning all over the state.
    Last week, he finally made it to Dundalk, making a fundraising stop at the Sparrows Point Country Club. Brown attended the event with his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
    The event was organized by County Councilman John Olszewski, Sr (7th District).
    “This is a special event that will lead to the election of two leaders for our future,” Olszewski told those in attendance.
    Brown is from Prince George’s County and was elected to the House of Delegates in 1998.
    Then-candidate Martin O’Malley chose Brown to be his running mate in 2006. Now Brown is trying to win the state’s top job in his own right.    
    Brown said the state is in great condition but still has room to improve.
    He gave the example of how Maryland was honored as having the best public school system in the nation, but said there is more work needed as not every school in the state is a “blue-ribbon” school.
    He also said Maryland has strong health care, but not all Marylanders have access to that health care.
    “We have met with Marylanders just like you. They are all excited about our state, but are also excited  that we can make Maryland’s government work even more for Maryland,” Brown said.
    “Maryland can be better and better for Marylanders.”
    According to his biography, Brown is one of the two highest-ranking elected officials in the country to have served in Iraq.
    Brown said he served 30 years in the military and recalled when he was sent to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He noted that one of the toughest things he had to do was tell his four-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter that he was going to be away for one year.
    “I was in the General Assembly [in 2004] when I got a call to Iraq. Some people said to me ‘you got to know somebody to get out of it’ and I don’t know if I did,” Brown recalled.             “But this country has been good for my family and the military has been good to me. I decided that I was going to Iraq.”
    Ulman introduced himself to the country club crowd and touted his record as Howard County executive. Two of the county’s main towns — Columbia and Ellicott City — placed second in Money magazine’s “America’s Best Places to Live.”
    Ulman added that Howard County has received good economic news.
    “I’m proud we have been providing the best business climate,” Ulman said. “We also have the lowest unemployment rate in the state.”
    Brown agreed with Ulman that it is important for the state to provide an opportunity for businesses to grow.
    “We in the public sector need to make sure we are helping the private sector create jobs here in Maryland, here in Baltimore and here in Sparrows Point,” Brown added.    
    After Brown and Ulman left the event, Olszewski told The Eagle why he and other Democrats have endorsed the ticket.
    “I believe in Anthony and Ken’s ability to move Maryland forward. Anthony has shown his leadership as lieutenant governor and will make a great governor,” Olszewski said.
    Olszewski was named one of three Brown campaign co-chairs along with House Speaker Pro-Tem Del. Adrienne Jones and state Sen. Kathy Klausmeier.
    “We have three outstanding field marshals here in Baltimore County,” Brown said about the three co-chairs.