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Brown talks policy at MML dinner, then hits the road

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown described familiar policy priorities to municipal leaders Tuesday evening — and then he hit the road for another stump speech.

Brown, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, accepted a Distinguished Service Award on behalf of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration during the inaugural dinner at the Maryland Municipal League‘s annual convention in Ocean City.

He then spent more than 20 minutes talking about the policies the O’Malley administration promoted the last six years — policies Brown appears ready to continue and expand upon if elected governor.

Brown said he would continue to spend money on public education while also improving transportation infrastructure, and hinted local highway money — partially restored this year by the General Assembly — could receive a larger boost in the future.

“We’re just getting started,” Brown said, drawing applause from the several hundred town and city officials present at the meeting, where new MML officers were also installed.

Brown also said he would invest money to build affordable housing and expand broadband access, while also working to correct healthcare disparities in certain neighborhoods.

“These are the investments that attract business,” Brown said. “These are the investments that create jobs.”

Earlier in the day, Brown and running mate Ken Ulman received an endorsement from 70 municipal leaders.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur, a Montgomery Democrat who is considering a run for governor, was also in Ocean City on Tuesday and worked the crowd during MML’s inaugural dinner.

Less than a year from the Democratic primary, Brown has been on the stump frequently, appearing at meetings of several interest groups. After leaving Ocean City on Wednesday, Brown was scheduled to speak in Salisbury at the ribbon cutting for a new transit maintenance building.

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