Today, the Ben Jealous for Governor campaign announced the endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor and progressive leader, Eric Garcetti. This endorsement represents the seventh progressive group, labor union, or individual to endorse Jealous’ candidacy for governor this year.
Garcetti’s endorsement comes as Jealous continues his Courage to Lead tour across Maryland, where throughout September and October his campaign will highlight initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis, improving education, reducing violent crime and announce more campaign endorsements from individuals and organizations committed to moving Maryland forward.
Jealous and Garcetti attended Columbia University, and later, Oxford University, together as Rhodes scholars. At Columbia, both men ran for student government and participated in civil rights activism.
In response, Jealous said the following:
“I’m grateful to receive the endorsement of my friend, Mayor Eric Garcetti, a man who has shown unwavering courage in protecting and expanding progressive values. We share the same vision that says hard work should be enough for every family to succeed. As governor, I’ll build broad, diverse coalitions to get Maryland back to doing big things again, and that includes placing a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, ensuring casino money funds education as promised, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and stopping healthcare premiums from rising by enacting a Medicare-for-All system.”
Mayor Garcetti said the following:
“I’m excited and proud to endorse my friend Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland. I’ve known him for over half my life and Maryland needs a governor with his progressive vision and strength of character. Here in Los Angeles, we’ve raised the minimum wage, boldly expanded our transportation system, and made historic investments to end homelessness. Ben shares my passion for priorities like these, and I know that when he’s governor, he’ll build broad coalitions to bring progressive reforms back to Maryland.”