Ben Jealous, a Democratic nominee for the governor of Maryland has been endorsed by Barack Obama.
The announcement came on 1 October by the former president.
An American civic leader, Jealous was the former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was the youngest national leader at 35 to be elected at NAACP.
Jealous declared his candidacy for the 2018 midterm elections in May 2017. He defeated Rushern Baker, Prince George County’s Executive, and seven other candidates to become the Democratic nominee for the general elections.
He was one of the 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislature being endorsed by Obama in his second round of endorsements for the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial elections.
According to the campaign released by Ben Jealous, Obama was seen saying “Ben Jealous is an accomplished civil rights leader, businessman, and advocate for working people.”
Obama’s statement also highlighted the work Jealous has done for the welfare of Maryland while he was NAACP chief, including repealing the death penalty and on referendums to uphold same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants.
Jealous has also been endorsed by a lot of other prominent Democrats. A few well-known Senates, like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker Elizabeth Warren have also endorsed Jealous, including former Vice President Joe Biden.
Jealous is running against Republican and current Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. Hogan is the second Republican to be elected in almost 50 years and has the second highest approval rating of any governor in the country. He has been endorsed by the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Melvin Steinberg and other State Legislators, like Joe Bartenfelder, James Brochin and many more. Hogan’s recent campaign also announced a coalition of 36 pastors who have endorsed him.
According to recent polls, Hogan is leading Jealous by double digits.
The elections are to take place on November 6, 2018.