Hillary Clinton announces endorsements from Maryland women

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at Texas Southern university on February 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Clinton held a campaign rally in Texas hours after defeating Democratic rival Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Nevada Democratic caucuses.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at Texas Southern university on February 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Clinton held a campaign rally in Texas hours after defeating Democratic rival Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Nevada Democratic caucuses. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announced more than 200 endorsements from Maryland women on Saturday, a day before her first visit to the state.

The extensive list includes Bel Leong-Hong, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense who is one of Maryland's super delegates, state Sen. Joanne C. Benson of Prince George's County and former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, who is running this year to reclaim City Hall.


Clinton, who is scheduled to visit Port Covington on Sunday, has captured support from more women voters than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in most of the states that have conducted exit polling, and the announcement Saturday is intended to send a message of solidarity with the critical constituency.

The former secretary of state led Maryland women 60 percent to 35 percent in a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released on Thursday.


"Hillary Clinton has been breaking down barriers and seeking to empower women both nationally and internationally for her entire career," Leong-Hong said in a statement. "Hillary knows that when women succeed, families succeed, and communities succeed."

Like many others on the list, Leong-Hong had ties to former Maryland governor and presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, having served on his transition team in 2006. Yvette Lewis, a former state party chairwoman under O'Malley (who previously announced her support for Clinton), is also included on the new list of endorsements. Lewis is also a Maryland super delegate.

O'Malley suspended his campaign after a disappointing finish in Iowa and has not endorsed a candidate in the primary.

Super delegates -- made up of party officials and Democratic National Committee officers -- are unbound, meaning they can technically support whichever candidate they choose at the party's nominating convention. In practice, they generally tend to back the candidate that has the most support.


Both candidates have started to ramp up their organization in Maryland, which offers the second-highest share of delegates after Pennsylvania on April 26. The Clinton campaign has held several events in the state; Sanders opened his fourth Maryland field office on Friday, and announced endorsements from a number of community activists this week.

Here is the list of endorsements the Clinton campaign announced Saturday. Some of the women included had previously pledged their support:

Marni Abramson, Principal, Nextgen LED, Gaithersburg
Pennie Abramson, Community Leader, Potomac
Dr. Shaila Aery, former Maryland Secretary of Higher Education, Annapolis
Vicki Almond, Baltimore County Councilmember
Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County State's Attorney
Vanessa Atterbeary, Maryland State Delegate, District 13
Dorothy Bailey, Former Prince George's County Council Member
Dr. Jean Bailey, Professor, Silver Spring
Marion Ballard, Community Activist, Bethesda
Karenthia Barber, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee Member
Nija Bastfield, Baltimore City Community Leader
Mae Beale, Community Activist, Columbia
Mary Lehman, Prince George's County Councilwoman
Bronwyn Belling, Nonprofit Leader, Annapolis
Joanne C. Benson, Prince George's County State Senator, Landover
Jane Bergner, Attorney, Bethesda
Cathy Bevins, Baltimore County Councilmember
Dana Beyer, Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland, Montgomery County
Paris Bienert, President of Maryland Women's Political Caucus, Baltimore
Stacey-Rose Blass, Community Leader, Bethesda
Faith Bobrow, Community Activist, Potomac
Sharon Brackett, CEO Tiresias Technologies and Chair of Gender Rights Maryland
Delma Branch, Community Activist, Columbia
Margie Brassil, Former Chair, Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee
Susan Bratten, Community Activist, Silver Spring
Aisha Braveboy, Former Maryland State Delegate, Prince George's County
Tashea Brodgins Coates, Maryland Democratic Activist, Baltimore
Karmen Brown, Wife of Former Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Mitchellville
Lisa Brown, Executive Vice President SEIU 1199
Dr. Jo Ann Browning, Community Leader, Fort Washington
Yolanda Bruno, Nonprofit Leader, Columbia
Kathy Bustraan, Community Leader, Baltimore County
Sheila Butler, Commissioner, Cottage City
Gloria Cabe, Community Activist, Silver Spring
Meredith Cabe, Community Activist, Silver Spring
Joan Baggett Calambokidis, President, International Masonry Institute, Annapolis
Cynthia Carter, Former Annapolis City Council Alderwoman
Gael Cheek, Community Advocate, Rockville
Wendy Cohen, Community Advocate, Montgomery County
Samara Cohen, Student Leader, Montgomery County
Cynthia Collins, Political Director, SEIU Local 400
Ruth Conant, Community Activist, Potomac
Mary Karll Copper, Community Activist, Bethesda
Maria Cordone, DNC Member
Artis Hampshire Cowan, Esq., Board of Trustees, Howard Univ., Mitchellville
Amanda Cross, Community Leader, St. Mary's County
Martha Cuffie, North Brentwood Councilwoman
Bonnie Cullison, Maryland State Delegate, Montgomery County
Susan Cummins, MD, Pediatrician, Silver Spring
Zina Curtis, Community Leader, Frederick County
Dr. Thelma Daley, former president of Delta Sigma Theta and Community Leader, Baltimore
Judith Davis, Greenbelt Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem
Kathy Deerkoski, Community Advocate, Rockville
Sheila Dixon, Former Mayor, Baltimore City
Adrienne Dixon, Community Leader, St. Mary's County
Theresa Dudley, President, Prince George's Educators' Association
Marie Duffield, Calvert County Democratic Central Committee Member
Susan Dunn, Community Leader, Montgomery County
Hope Eastman, Attorney, Chevy Chase
Donna Edwards, United States Congresswoman
Sonni Efron, Human Rights Activist, Bethesda
Sara Elalamy, Student Leader, Baltimore County
Marietta English, President, Baltimore Teachers' Union
Susan Esserman, Attorney and Nonprofit Leader, Montgomery County
Cheryl Everman, Education Advocate, Dorchester County
Patricia Fenn, Community Leader
Diana Fennell, Maryland State Delegate, Prince George's County
Michelle Fernando, Community Activist, Rockville
Sheila Finlayson, Alderwoman for City of Annapolis
Lee Finney, Community Leader, Annapolis
Carole Fisher, Political Activist, Howard County
Wanika Fisher, Esq, Community Activist, Prince George's County
Nancy Floreen, Montgomery County Councilmember
Dr. J. Elizabeth Garraway, Higher Education and Community Leader, Annapolis
Elaine Gehr, Maryland Women Political Caucus, Brookeville
Susie Gelman, Community Leader, Potomac
Danielle Glaros, Vice Chair, Prince George's County Councilmember
Marjorie Goldman, Community Advocate, Montgomery County
Barbara Goldberg Goodman, Community Activist, Rockville
Melanie Griffith, Former State Delegate for Prince George's County, Upper Marlboro
Barbara Haight, Community Activist, Annapolis
Deborah Harmon, CEO & CoFounder, Artemis
Khalilah Harris, Senior Director for the Office of the Director of OPM, Baltimore
Susan Banes Harris, Attorney, Potomac
Andrea Harrison, Prince George's County Councilmember
Mimi Hassanein, Senior Advisor, Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Kimberly Hay, Secretary, Charles County Democratic Central Committee
Susan Heltemes, Community Leader, Silver Spring
Shelly Hettleman, Maryland State Delegate, Baltimore County
Kitty Higgins, Former Dep. Secretary of Labor, Annapolis
Terri Hill, Maryland State Delegate, Howard/Baltimore County
Tessa Hill-Aston, Community Leader, Baltimore
Jeanne Hitchcock, Esq., Baltimore
Susan Hoffman, Former Mayor of Rockville
Carolyn J.B. Howard, Maryland State Delegate, Prince George's County
Dr. Classie Hoyle, Former City of Annapolis Alderwoman
Lesley Israel, Community Leader, Easton
Jolene Ivey, former Prince George's County Delegation Chair
Jennifer Jenkins, Glenarden City Council Member
Dr. Karen Johnson, Community Activist and Educator, Anne Arundel
Dr. Susan Leggett Johnson, Community Activist, Laurel
Roz Jonas, Community Activist, Bethesda
Adrienne A. Jones, Speaker Pro Tem Maryland House of Delegates, Baltimore
Jennifer Jones, Chair for the Commission on Women, Prince George's County
Ricarra Jones, Political Organizer, SEIU 1199, Baltimore
Kristin Jurkscheit, Nonprofit Leader, Baltimore

Cheryl Kagan, Maryland State Senator, Montgomery County
Delores Kelley, Maryland State Senator, Baltimore County
Ariana Kelly, Maryland State Delegate, Montgomery County
Bridget Kelly, Community Leader, Cecil County
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor
Dr. Houri Khalilian, Attorney and Iranian Community Leader, Montgomery County
Nancy King, Maryland State Senator, Montgomery County
Cara Koontz, Graduate School Student, Activist
Nancy Kopp, Treasurer of Maryland
Iris Krasnow, Community Activist, Annapolis
Melanie Kreidich, Community Leader, Gaithersburg
Cori Lathan, CEO Anthro Tronix, Silver Spring
Gloria Lawlah, Former Secretary of Aging and State Senator, Prince George's County
Susan Lee, Maryland State Senator, Montgomery County
Bel Leong-Hong, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair, Gaithersburg
Catherine Leggett, First Lady of Montgomery County
Mary Lehman, Prince George's County Councilwoman
Lucie Lehmann, Community Leader, Anne Arundel County
Ann Lewis, Former White House Communications Director, Bethesda
Yvette Lewis, DNC Member and Former Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party
Brooke Lierman, Maryland State Delegate, Baltimore City
Patricia Lippold, Vice President, SEIU1199, Baltimore
Linda Mahoney, President Emerita, Maryland State Chapter of NOW and Chair of the Harriet Tubman Statue Fundraising Commission, Montgomery County
Paula Mark, Attorney, Potomac
Mary Marker, Community Activist, Howard County
Lori Marks, Community Activist, Bethesda
Marcia Massey, Community Activist, Silver Spring
Marty McHale, Community Activist, Gaithersburg
Maggie McIntosh, Maryland State Delegate and Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Baltimore
Martha McKenna, Community Leader, Baltimore
Cecilia Mendoza, Business Owner, Baltimore
Sarah Meyers, Community Leader, Somerset County
Barbara Mikulski, United States Senator
Malinda Miles, Mayor, Mount Rainier
Aruna Miller, Maryland State Delegate, Montgomery County
Edith Miller, Co-President, Maryland NOW, Montgomery County
Melissa Ann Miller, Community Activist, Clinton
Rev. Lori McPherson, Baltimore
Laura Meyers, CEO of PPMW and their c4 organization
Ellen Moyer, Former Mayor of Annapolis
Karen Murphy, Community Leader, Montgomery County
Lissa Muscatine, Business Owner, Bethesda
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Maryland State Senator, Baltimore
Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Councilmember
Susan Ness, Former FCC Commissioner, Bethesda
Maya Newman, Community Leader, Baltimore
Dr. Lillian Norris-Holmes, Community Leader, Howard County
Alvee Ocampo, Community Activist, Rockville
Paris O'Connor Bienert, Community Leader, Baltimore
Lisa Oelfke, Women's Rights Activist and Team Leader of Baltimore City for Hillary, Baltimore City
Reggie Oldak, Women's Economic Security Advocate, Bethesda
Jody Oliver, AFL-CIO Western Maryland Central Labor Council, Cumberland
Jan Oliver, Community Activist, Howard County
Edith Patterson, Maryland State Delegate, Charles County
Elizabeth Paul, Frederick County Teachers' Association
Deanna Peel, Community Activist, Howard County
Shane Pendergrass, Maryland State Delegate, Howard County
Carol Pensky, founder and first chair of the DNC's Women's Leadership Forum, Annapolis
Zina Pierre, Former Member of the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee, Annapolis
Karren Pope-Onwukwe, DNC Member, Prince George's County
Amanda Abramson Posner, Community Activist, Bethesda
Catherine Pugh, Maryland State Senator, Baltimore
Lily Qi, Chief Admin Officer for Economic Development, North Potomac
Karen Queen, Community Leader, Howard County
Lisa R. Ransom, Education and Workforce Activist, Bowie
Elianne Ramos, Community Leader, Baltimore City
Medha Reddy, Student Leader, Montgomery County
Robbie Rich, Community Leader, Montgomery County
Manervia Riddick, Political Activist, Fort Washington
Denise Riley, Maryland/DC AFL-CIO, Baltimore County
Rida Rizvi, Co-founder of #OurThreeSisters, Burtonsville
Petrella Robinson, Mayor, North Brentwood
Jennifer Rodriquez, Labor Leader
Janet Rogozinski, Community Activist, Potomac
Molly Ruhl, Former Clerk fo the Court of Montgomery County, Chevy Chase
Crystal Ruiz, Community Leader, Montgomery County
Terri Sanker, Community Activist, Potomac
Cynthia Schneider, Former Ambassador, Montgomery County
Nichelle Danette Schoultz, Political Director, Office of Senator Barbara Mikulski, Anne Arundel County
Dianne Schwartz, Community Leader, Baltimore
Dr. Carolyn Showell, Educator, Baltimore
Mary Kay Sigaty, Howard County Councilmember
Monica Silbas, Veteran and Community Leader, Calvert County
Oretha Bridgwater Simms, Community Activist, Inductee in the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, Prince George's County
Gail Smith, Former Chair of the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee
Susan Smith, Former Assistant Secretary for the Department of Business & Economic Development for Maryland, Ashton
Susy Smith, Community Activist, Annapolis
SONiA with Disappear Fear, Baltimore
Chris Stewart, Community Activist, Mitchellville
Diane Stollenwerk, Community Leader, Baltimore
Selma Sweetbaum, Community Activist, Silver Spring
Kathy Swekel, Non-profit Leader, Annapolis
Nadia Syahmalina, Vice President, Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Deni Taveras, Prince George's County Councilmember
Ginny Terzano, White House Deputy Press Secretary, President Clinton, Annapolis
LaVonn Reedy Thomas, Community Activist, Upper Marlboro
Karen Toles, Prince George's County Councilmember
Annie Simonian Totah, Philanthropist, Potomac
Rocio Treminio-Lopez, Mayor, Brentwood
Susan Turnbull, Community Activist, Bethesda
Ingrid Turner, Former Prince George's County Councilmember
Asma Uddin, Attorney and Founder of AltMuslimah, Frederick
Kris Valderrama, State Delegate, Prince George's County
Lynn Morrison Venetoulis, Community Leader, Baltimore County
Shivali Shah, Mount Rainier City Council
Lorraine Voles, Former Communications Director to U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, Chevy Chase
Karmen Walker-Brown, Business Leader, Prince George's County
Patricia Walters, Mayor of Fairmount Heights
Kisra Wasti, Special Education & Disabilities Advocate, Potomac
Courtney Watson, Former Howard County Councilmember
Trish Weaver, Attorney, Bethesda
Betty Weller, President, Maryland State Education Association, Annapolis
Nicole Williams, Esq., President, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club, Greenbelt

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