County Executive joins long list of Baltimore County leaders

Baltimore County Executive Johnny A. Olszewski Jr. endorses Kweisi Mfume for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. County Executive Olszewski’s support is added to a long list of existing endorsers from Baltimore County, including Baltimore County Councilmen Julian Jones, Izzy Patoka and Tom Quirk, State Senators Delores Kelley and Charles Sydnor, State Delegates Ben Brooks, Pat Young and Eric Ebersole, former state senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, and the Baltimore County West Democratic Club.

Kweisi Mfume won the special primary Tuesday for the Democratic Party for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. (Courtesy Photo)

“With our nation reeling from an unprecedented pandemic, now more than ever Maryland needs experienced leadership in Congress, which is why I’m supporting Kweisi Mfume. COVID-19 is taking a disproportionate toll on our communities of color and exposing inequities in healthcare delivery, making his record of combating health disparities even more critical at this moment. It’s time we transform the way government serves the most vulnerable among us and Kweisi Mfume can provide the leadership we need to do that,” said Johnny Olszewski, Jr.

“I look forward to partnering with County Executive Olszewski and working on behalf of the people of Baltimore County,” said Mfume. “He is a strong leader and has a clear vision for the County on what we should do to move this District forward. I am honored to have his support.”

Kweisi Mfume soundly defeated a crowded field of candidates in the February special primary election and became the Democratic nominee in the contest to finish the congressional term left vacant by the untimely death of former congressman Elijah Cummings. The special general election concludes on April 28th. Thereafter, former congressman Mfume will turn his attention to the June 2nd vote by mail presidential primary election to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for a full term. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, former congressman Mfume has focused his campaign on direct voter contact through telephone calls to voters and virtual outreach on social media and the web.