Former Gov. Parris N. Glendening endorsed Anthony Brown for governor Monday, joining a parade of Democratic leaders who are backing the lieutenant governor in the June 24 primary.
Glendening, who served two terms from 1995 to 2003, returned to his home political turf in Prince George's County to make the announcement at Brown's side.
The former governor, known as an environmentalist, praised Brown's commitment to green causes. He expressed confidence that Brown would continue an emphasis on environmental programs dating back to the administration of Gov. Harry Hughes in the 1970s and 1980s.
"We need this type of leadership," Glendening said.
Both Brown and Glendening got their political start in Prince George's County – Glendening served as county executive, among other positions, while Brown represented a county district in the House of Delegates.
Brown has already collected the endorsements of Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S.. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin and four of the state's representatives in Congress.
The announcement was made in the Prince George's County town of Edmonston, near Hyattsville, and came after a walking tour of the Edmonston Green Street Project, which was designed to transform the main street in Edmonston into an "environmentally sustainable" roadway. While the project was completed under the O'Malley administration, it has roots in Glendening's smart growth policies of the 1990s.
At an outdoor news conference, Brown hailed Glendening as the "first environmental governor of the 21st Century" and the "father of smart growth."