Hoyer to endorse Brown in governor's race

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign for governor is poised to collect two more high-profile endorsements from top Maryland Democrats Monday as Democratic candidates in the race for Maryland's next governor hold events across the state.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are scheduled to appear at a pair of Brown campaign events in Prince George's and Charles counties.

Hoyer released his endorsement remarks, which highlight Brown's military service as an Army Reserves colonel in Iraq and predict Brown "will use his experience and passion to continue bringing jobs and opportunity to all Marylanders."

Miller is also expected to offer his endorsement.

Brown was the first declared Democrat in the 2014 race to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is term-limited. With little less than a year until next June's primary contest, Brown has secured endorsements from O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and 70 elected municipal leaders.

Montgomery County Del. Heather R. Mizeur, who officially joined the race last week, scheduled her first Baltimore campaign event for Monday, taking her team of volunteers to the Goodnow Community Center to read with 200 kids in day camp there. Mizeur plans to hold service-oriented events as campaign stops, including a wetland cleanup at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and painting a hopscotch course at a Silver Spring playground.

Two Republicans, Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George, have also declared for the race. Several other Republican candidates as well as at least one Democrat are also planning to announce bids for governor in the coming months.




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