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Baltimore Minister to Chair Franchot’s Campaign for Governor

State Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) has landed a statesman to chair his 2022 gubernatorial campaign: the Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr.

Hathaway has been a religious and community leader in Baltimore City for decades, and is stepping down this month as senior pastor at West Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church, after 14 years on the job.

Beyond his religious work, Hathaway is involved in numerous community projects, including the African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative, which works to end health disparities; ACT Now Baltimore, which seeks to hold political leaders accountable to the voters; and the fundraising effort to renovate Public School #103 in West Baltimore, the elementary school of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Now he’ll add Franchot’s campaign to his portfolio. In a statement, Hathaway called the comptroller, who is in his fourth term and served 20 years in the General Assembly, “a proven leader.”

“He is known across the state because he has taken the time to visit countless neighborhood main streets, small businesses, and faith communities over the years,” he said. “We know him, we trust him, and we support him.”

In a tweet, Franchot expressed gratitude to Hathaway. “I’m so grateful for your trust and friendship,” he said.

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