With Maryland’s 2022 primary elections exactly one year away, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) endorsed Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City) for comptroller Monday.
Jones underscored Lierman’s “experience and work ethic” in a Monday statement, and praised Lierman’s presence on the House floor.
“I know first-hand that she knows the State’s financial process and how to make the State’s money work for Marylanders,” Jones said. “She was one of a handful of legislators I counted on to debate the tough issues in the legislature because she’s tenacious, smart and knows how to get the job done.”
Lierman, who is currently mounting a statewide listening tour as part of her comptroller bid, would be the first woman to hold the office if elected.
“I know a little something about breaking the glass ceiling as the first woman and first Black Speaker,” Jones said. “Marylanders have the chance to break another glass ceiling, when Brooke joins me in the history books and is elected as the first woman comptroller in the history of Maryland.”
Lierman has said she hopes to use the comptroller’s seat on Maryland’s powerful Board of Public Works to help close the racial wealth gap in Maryland. Jones has pursued similar goals in the General Assembly, and just this year introduced a package of legislation to combat racial socioeconomic and health disparities in the state.
“Like she does, I recognize that the pandemic and racial reckoning in Maryland must be a clarion call to all of us to build a Maryland that works for everyone, not just a few,” Lierman said. “I am so grateful for her leadership, her vision, and her support, and I look forward to one more session as a delegate working with her to pass legislation to uplift families, communities, and small businesses.”
Lierman kicked off her campaign with endorsements from several of her legislative colleagues, including Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery). She has since been endorsed by other state and community leaders, including Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D).
Lierman faces competition in the race. Timothy J. Adams (D), Bowie’s first Black mayor and a wealthy government contractor, announced his own comptroller bid in March.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (R) is currently the lone Republican pursuing the open comptroller’s seat.
Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot is one of nine Democrats vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination.