Anthony G. Brown -- Democrat

Brown, 52, grabbed a solid lead in early polls, with many Democrats undecided. He recruited a popular running mate in Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, 39, and has gained the endorsement of the state's leading Democrats. But no lieutenant governor in Maryland has won election to the top job. Brown has to hope that Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration, of which he's a part, remains popular among Democrats. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / June 3, 2013)

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown canceled plans to testify in favor of the O’Malley administration’s domestic violence bills Tuesday in order to be with his ailing father in New York.

The lieutenant governor’s office said Dr. Roy Brown, 89, has been moved from a hospital to hospice care.

Brown, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, is expected to remain with him in New York, a spokesman said.

Brown's absence this week also effects what was to be the first public town hall event in the Democratic primary. Organizers of Thursday's event in Montgomery County said they would plan to hold it without him. 

Roy Brown came to the United States from Jamacia as a college student and earned his medical degree in Switzerland, where he met Brown's mother Lilly, who is now 86. 

On Tuesday, Brown role in pushing domestic violence bills was fulfilled instead by Jeanne Hitchcock, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s legislative director.

The bills would make it easier to get a restraining order in a domestic violence case, expand the list of crimes for which victims could get a permanent restraining order and increase criminal penalties for such crimes.

Brown's running mate Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is not likely to stand in as a surrogate at this week's debate at Leisure World in Silver Spring, according to Brown's campaign.