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SEIU labor union endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland governor

Service Employees International United, a labor union with 45,000 members in Maryland, will support former NAACP CEO Ben Jealous in the Democratic primary race for governor.

SEIU leaders plan to formally endorse Jealous during an event on Thursday, according to his campaign.

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"Ben Jealous is speaking to all of the issues that our members are interested in, not just the work issues, but the social justice issues and health care issues," said Lisa Brown, executive vice president of SEIU 1199, the D.C.-Maryland chapter of the union.

Thursday's endorsement will come from all four SEIU chapters in Maryland, Brown said.

Jealous is one of seven Democrats who have formally launched campaigns to be Maryland's next governor, hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Among other issues, Jealous has supported a $15 an hour minimum wage statewide and called for free tuition at Maryland's community colleges.

The primary election will be held in June.

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous announced he will run for the Democratic nomination in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)
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