Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, making a campaign stop outside the annual conference of the Maryland Municipal League, received the endorsement of 70 municipal leaders on Tuesday — most of them from Brown’s base in Prince George’s County.
Of the 70 who signed on to officially endorse the Brown-Ulman ticket, 46 came from municipalities in Prince George’s, which Brown represented in the House of Delegates from 1999 to 2007. There are no incorporated towns or cities in Howard County, Ulman’s base.
Kensington Mayor Pete Fosselman introduced Brown and Ulman to a crowd of a few dozen — largely conference attendees and staff for the lieutenant governor and county executive. Fosselman was the only representative from Montgomery County to endorse the duo. Brown’s presumed chief opponent, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, is from Montgomery.
Seven Baltimore City Council members joined representatives from towns and cities in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Washington and Wicomico counties to round out the list of endorsers.
In accepting the endorsement, Brown — O’Malley’s sidekick for almost seven years — complimented the work done by Ulman as Howard County executive and said Ulman would play an important role as Brown’s deputy, adding “we have redefined the role of lieutenant governor.” No lieutenant governor has ever been elected governor in Maryland.
Brown is hosting a reception for municipal leaders Tuesday evening, prior to MML’s inaugural dinner, where he will give the keynote address.