Democratic gubernatorial primary winner Wes Moore is making his way through Maryland on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of

By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,
Report For America Corps Member

After winning the Democratic primary on July 19, gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore now moves on to face Dan Cox, the Republican rival backed by former President Donald Trump, on Nov. 8. 

Moore is making his rounds throughout Maryland to engage with local communities and share his intentions for leading the state as Governor, should he win. In early August, he held his first midterm election rally in Prince George’s County.

The event was co-hosted by Miller and took place at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Md., garnering about 400 grassroots supporters.

According to a press release from Moore’s team, local leaders like Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy joined Moore and his running mate, former State Delegate Aruna Miller.

Prince George’s County is a key jurisdiction for Moore. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, he received 217,524 votes —  32 percent – of all votes cast in the state. A total of 59,428 of those votes came from Prince George’s County. 

“Prince George’s County spoke loudly and clearly with one voice in the primary election, and it resonated across the state – a call to build a Maryland where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and no one is left behind,” said Moore at the Prince George’s County rally, according to the press release. “The stakes are high, but with your help, we will carry that message to every corner of our state, win this election, and make that vision a reality for every Marylander.”

President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., Ed.D. to the AFRO “Wes Moore represents future progress for the state of Maryland.” 

Chavis, who personally supports Moore for governor of the state of Maryland, made comment on the Montgomery County native also being the choice of current Governor Larry Hogan. 

“The fact that Gov. Hogan stood with Wes Moore, I think that is an indication of the importance of Bipartisanship going forward in America and Maryland,” said Chavis. “I thought it was a good gesture – a political move by Governor Hogan to stand with Wes Moore.”

Moore attended the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference crab feast with his family in a show of partnership and collaboration. MACo held the event from Aug. 17 through Aug. 20. He met the current Governor, Larry Hogan, and took multiple photos with him.

Miller, who is running for lieutenant governor, expressed her positive outlook on the state’s future and spoke about the trailblazing campaign. 

“The historic ticket we represent stands ready to realize the promise of an inclusive government, build a state that works for all of us, and ensure a brighter future for all Marylanders,” said Miller at the rally, according to the press release.

Moore has also attended several other community initiatives and relayed what he will bring to the table as governor.

The Democratic National Committee held a rally on Aug. 25 at Richard Montgomery High School, where Moore was joined by President Biden. He plans to showcase a “unified Democratic party,” and a promise to bring the “leadership families need” when elected.

If elected, Moore will be the first Black governor of Maryland. 

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