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Gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah announces Sharon Blake as running mate

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 21:45:42-05

Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor, Krish Vignarajah announces Sharon Blake as her running mate. 

Blake is a former Baltimore Teachers Union President and lifelong teacher.

Vignarajah hopes to work hand in hand with Blake to address issues such as infrastructure, crime, poverty, and inequity issues in Maryland.

“America is changing, and our leadership must reflect that,” Sharon said. “Krish and I are making history for women, and women of color, in Maryland and across the nation. But that doesn’t mean we simply replace voices that are already at the table, it means we work together to build bridges and relationships with people of all backgrounds. It means we work harder to add a diversity of thought and experience to the table that already exists.”  

Krishanti Vignarajah, a former Policy Director to former First Lady Michelle Obama, is the only woman running out of eight candidates running for the Democratic nomination.

Ralph Jaffe announced his candidacy.

Ben Jealous, former President and CEO of the NAACP, is running with Susie Turnbull, former Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is running with Valerie Ervin. She used to be on the Montgomery County Council.

Attorney Jim Shea announced that he will run with City Councilman Brandon Scott.

State Senator Richard Madaleno announced Luwanda Jenkins as his running mate. She used to work as an aide to former Governor Martin O'Malley.

Alec Ross chose craft brewery owner Julie Verratti as his running mate.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker announced Elizabeth Embry as his running mate.

The only Republican in the race right now is Governor Larry Hogan.

The primary election in Maryland is being held on June 26.