Progressive Md., Working Families Party Release New Round of Endorsements

    Progressive Maryland and Maryland Working Families have issued a second round of endorsements in state and local races for the 2022 Democratic primaries. Last week, the groups endorsed attorney Robbie Leonard, who is challenging four-term Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger (D) in the June primary.

    The groups said they plan to continue issuing endorsements throughout the campaign season.

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    “This group of leaders from across the state — known as the Progressive Maryland Working Families Party slate — embraces a bold vision for Maryland’s political future,” the liberal groups said in a statement. The latest candidates to earn their endorsement are:

    • Carlos Childs, the state organizing director and Charles County chair of Our Revolution Maryland, who is running for the seat on the Charles County Commission currently held by Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart (D), who has not yet said publicly whether she plans to seek a third term.
    • Edward P. Burroughs III, the Prince George’s County Board of Education member who is running in the early 2022 special election for the Prince George’s County Council seat being vacated by Monique Anderson-Walker (D), who is running for lieutenant governor.
    • Jamila Jaye Woods, a candidate for state delegate in Prince George’s County District 26, which could see some turnover in 2022.
    • Januari McKay, a case manager for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, who is a candidate for delegate in the county’s District 23B, another district in considerable flux.
    • Gaithersburg City Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles, a candidate in the crowded Montgomery County Council at-large race.
    • Logan Endow, an economist who narrowly lost a Democratic primary for Baltimore City Council in 2020 and is seeking a House seat in the city’s District 43, where House Appropriations Chair Maggie L. McIntosh (D) has announced her intention to retire and veteran Del. Curt Anderson (D), who has been ailing in recent months, may also step aside.
    • Salisbury City Councilmember Michele Gregory, who is aiming to challenge state Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R) in the Lower Shore’s District 38.
    • Natali Fani-González, a former vice chair of the Montgomery County planning commission who is running for the soon-to-be vacant District 4 council seat in Montgomery, where term-limited Councilmember Nancy Navarro (D) is a candidate for lieutenant governor.
    • Ruben Amaya, who is running for delegate in Baltimore County’s District 10, where one of the three incumbents is House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D).
    • Del. Sheila Ruth (D), who is seeking a full term in Baltimore County’s District 44B after being appointed in 2020.
    • Tiffany Jones, an a LGBTQ+ liaison for the City of Baltimore, who is a candidate for the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee in District 45.
    • Wala Blegay, an attorney who is a candidate for Prince George’s County Council in District 6, where the incumbent, Derrick Leon Davis (D), is termed out.
    • William “Billy” Reid, a retired NIH scientist and researcher who is running for delegate in Frederick County’s District 3A, where there will at least be one vacancy, with Del. Karen Lewis Young (D) seeking to replace her husband, Sen. Ronald N. Young (D), who is retiring next year.

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