As a recent high school graduate preparing to cast his first vote, I have been pondering whom I will support in this year's gubernatorial election. The governor is the state's highest ranking official and has a broad range of powers. Based on the powers provided to the governor by our state's constitution, the role has been hailed as one of the most powerful in the nation.
I would like to know the person who receives my vote will be effective, fulfill their campaign promises and understand policies and procedures.
Under the O'Malley-Brown administration, Maryland has seen progress. Notable achievements include marriage equality, repeal of capital punishment, the Dream Act and a rise in the minimum wage. Our schools were ranked number one in the nation for five years in a row.
Having served nearly eight years as lieutenant governor, I believe Anthony Brown is the candidate who will fight for Maryland and be effective while keeping citizens in mind.
As a colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves he is one of the nation's highest-ranking elected officials to have served a tour of duty in the Iraq War. I think Anthony Brown is ready to serve as commander-in-chief of the Maryland National Guard units.
Mr. Brown's commitment to veterans has been unparalleled, and his leadership as chair on Maryland's Base Realignment and Closure process was yet more evidence of that commitment. As lieutenant governor and as a father Mr. Brown also was on the front line of the movement to expand pre-K education.
He was one of the state officials working diligently to help pass the Baltimore City Public School Construction and Revitalization Act that will enable Baltimore City to invest $1.1 billion to modernize our schools, which are some of the oldest in the state.
Growing up, my mother always reminded me to never take health for granted. I have watched or listened to every Democratic gubernatorial primary debate and it seems as though the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is the major subject of the conversation. Mr. Brown recognizes his mistakes with the rollout of ACA, but a good leader acknowledges errors and returns to the drawing board to find solutions.
Cody L. Dorsey, Baltimore
The writer serves as student commissioner on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.-
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