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Anthony Brown

In what some described as one of the greatest upsets in recent Maryland election history, Anthony Brown won a sizeable victory over front-runner Glenn Ivey in the Maryland Democratic primary for the 4th District Congressional seat.

While Brown is well-known in Maryland for his eight years as lieutenant governor, his campaign for the congressional seat recently vacated by Donna Edwards, was wrought with financial issues, which eventually led to him extending a personal loan to the campaign in its final moments. In the end, Brown’s resolve paid off, finishing with a double-digit lead over Ivey.

In a March statement, Brown said he took out the loan because of his commitment to the race.

“And while I’m not a rich man, my family and I have decided to invest in this campaign because of how deeply we believe in serving our community and ensuring fairness, equality and better opportunities for Maryland families,” Brown said.

With more than 82 percent of the precincts reporting, Brown had 42 percent to Ivey’s 35 percent. The four other candidates were far behind.

“Thank you for placing your trust in me as your Democratic nominee,” Brown tweeted.

A staunch advocate for education, Brown fought to increase investments in Maryland’s state schools.  That commitment, along with the financial instability of his campaign, actually secured Brown at least two votes from Upper Marlboro-residents, Shayla and John Scales.

“I really believe in Brown’s leadership and I think my wife and I were impressed with the fact that he believed enough in himself to invest in his own campaign,” Scales told the AFRO.  “Only a man truly committed to the fight would risk his own security and that of his family, to make it happen.”

Brown and his family, along with supporters and his campaign staff watched the poll returns from a Largo-area Famous Daves restaurant, where arrangements had been made for either a victory or concession speech.

Prince Georges County resident Lillith Grady told the AFRO, while she found it a tough choice between Ivey and Brown, she remembered President Barack Obama had endorsed him in 2014 and believes he will best uphold Obama’s legacy.

“I think that as soon as President Obama is out of the White House, our elected officials will chip away, cut, and eliminate all of the wonderful gains his leadership brought so it is important to have someone on the ticket who will fight to secure our gains,” Grady said.

Brown was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent Prince George’s County and went on to serve as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee before being elected lieutenant governor.

Brown told reporters at the primary gathering, he was ready to continue the battle to the November elections after a few days’ rest.

“What we tried to focus on was the voters and their aspirations, frustrations, and be able to share with them my values and experience,” Brown said. “We’ve got an election in November and are ready to run a robust election campaign.  We do not intend to take a single vote for granted.”