President Barack Obama and Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown acknowledge the audience during an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. This is Obama’s first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Today, President Barack Obama drew over 9,000 supporters to a packed gym at Wise High School in Prince George’s County, as he attended an Early Vote Rally to support the Brown-Ulman team. President Obama spoke about the need to elect Anthony Brown as Maryland’s next governor in order to support working families and middle-class values. The rally took place four days before the beginning of Maryland’s early voting period that runs from October 23 to October 30.

“Anthony Brown has a lifelong record of service to his community, his state, and our nation, including his 30 years in the United States Army and a tour of duty in Iraq,” said President Barack Obama. “He’s made supporting working families a priority throughout his time in public office, as he’s fought to raise Maryland’s minimum wage and created a plan to expand Pre-K to every Maryland child. And Anthony is the best candidate to drive Maryland’s economy forward and create an environment for middle-class job growth. Maryland needs Anthony Brown as its next Governor.”

“President Obama has been a leader for middle-class Americans as he’s guided our economic recovery from the depths of the recession, and I’m honored to have his support,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. “He is committed to raising the minimum wage for working families and he’s fought to create a strong climate for businesses to thrive — values that we share here in Maryland. This latest visit by the President helps us remind Marylanders about the importance of voting early, and fires up our supporters all the way through Election Day.”

In addition to President Obama, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, also addressing the rally were Governor Martin O’Malley, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Donna Edwards, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

President Obama’s visit continued the Brown-Ulman campaign’s rapidly growing momentum, following a week that began with Anthony Brown receiving the endorsement of the Washington Post.