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Ex-NAACP chief Ben Jealous announces candidacy for Maryland governor

Ex-NAACP chief Ben Jealous announces candidacy for Maryland governor

Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, announced his candidacy for Maryland governor Wednesday outside a cousin's West Baltimore flower shop.

Jealous, 44, is seeking the Democratic nomination in his first bid for political office. He joins a growing field of potential challengers to Gov. Larry Hogan, who is expected to attempt to become the state's first two-term Republican governor since the 1950s.

In an interview Tuesday with The Baltimore Sun, Jealous took aim at Hogan's record on education, the economy and the environment. And he faulted Hogan for failing to take on the Trump administration, comparing the incumbent to the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of...

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