The Glover Report: Franchot’s LG Pick Puts Spotlight on Moore

Photo Source: Monique Anderson-Walker has been selected by Peter Franchot as his running mate in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

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(BALTIMORE – October 27, 2021) – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot picks Prince George’s County Councilwoman Monique Anderson-Walker as his lieutenant governor. Franchot had previously announced his intention to pick a Black woman running mate. Thus far, only Rushern Baker had announced his running mate: Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Navarro, the first Latina to serve on the Montgomery County Council.

Walker is a native of Fort Washington who studied Real Estate development at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. She currently represents the 8th district, which includes Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington, Glass Manor, Marlow Heights, Oxon Hill, and Temple Hills.

Both lieutenant governor picks indicate that the DC suburbs hold the strongest political influence in the state. They also demonstrate how Greater Baltimore is less a factor than in years past.

This clearly puts the spotlight on Baltimorean Wes Moore, the former CEO of Robin Hood Foundation. Who best helps his chances of winning the gubernatorial election? A Black woman? A white man? A white woman? Anybody with strong numbers in the DC suburbs?

While it’s almost a certainty that Moore will pick someone from the DC suburbs, race and gender become the next questions to answer.

The Democratic primary election is June 28, 2022 – just 8 months away.

To Moore’s credit, he has caught the eye of the most revered politician from Greater Baltimore in the state legislature, state Senator Delores G. Kelley. Fresh out of surgery on her arm, Kelley was present yesterday for a redistricting press conference in Baltimore County. Among the attendees was Moore.

In an exclusive with BmoreNews, Kelley said, “Wes is experienced and being a Baltimorean helps.”

Kelley has been instrumental in keeping a solidified Baltimore presence within the Maryland General Assembly. For instance, she has been an advocate over the years for Speaker of the House Delegate Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson. Hence, Moore gaining Kelley’s support definitely assists his cause. Further, Kelley wants Greater Baltimore to always be considered when it comes to who runs the state.

“Wes has the education; second to none in this race,” she added. “He has the morals and the fortitude.”