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12 lawmakers endorse Catherine Pugh for mayor

A dozen Baltimore-area lawmakers on Wednesday said they were endorsing state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh for mayor of Baltimore.

The lawmakers are: state senators Joan Carter Conway, Bill Ferguson and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, and state delegates Jill Carter, Peter Hammen, Nathaniel Oaks, Barbara Robinson and Sandy Rosenberg.

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"We need a person who is honest and has integrity, a person who has a vision, a person who is intelligent and articulate," Conway said. "That person is Senator Catherine Pugh."

Ferguson said he was "thrilled" to endorse Pugh.

"What I've seen is a leader," he said. "She knows how to get things done. I support Catherine Pugh because I believe in her vision for Baltimore."

Also endorsing Pugh are former senators Ralph Hughes, Verna Jones Rodwell and Barbara Hoffman. Carter was the first of the city's lawmakers to publicly announce her support for Pugh months ago.

Earlier in the day, Pugh's chief rival in the mayor's race, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, picked up endorsements of 20 millennials at the Blend Juice Bar.

Among those endorsing Dixon were Ericka Alston, marketing director of the Penn North Kids Safe Zone; Keenan Richardson, owner of the juice bar; and filmmaker Bobby Marvin Holmes.

Through six days of early voting, 19,666 people have cast ballots in Baltimore — five times the 3,695 early voters during the last mayoral primary in 2011. Statewide, 166,914 voters have cast ballots in Maryland, twice the 76,124 early voters during the last presidential primary in 2012.

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