Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the candidates running for Maryland governor in 2014. Click here to read all the profiles.
Democrat Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown grew up in New York, with three brothers and an older sister. He says his father, a doctor who treated families in low-income neighborhoods, inspired him to go into a life of public service.
Brown attended Harvard University on an ROTC scholarship, spent five years on active duty as an aviator and returned to Harvard for a law degree.
As Lt. Governor, he says he is proud of the accomplishments under the O’Malley administration. He is most pleased with the state’s gains in education, and that crime across Maryland has dropped during Gov. Martin O’Malley’s tenure.
As governor, Brown says he would work to eliminate the achievement gap and expand pre-kindergarten education.
Another top priority would be to help Maryland create opportunities for more jobs, and make sure that the government is responsive to the business community. In the first year of his administration, Brown says he would work on comprehensive tax reform to find ways to provide relief to working families.
Brown tells WNEW that he has learned from the rollout of the Maryland healthcare exchange, and that the state is now on track with expanded coverage to 340,000 employees.
Find out more about Brown’s campaign here.
WNEW’s Jenny Glick contributed to this report.