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Brown gets labor endorsement

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown added to his lengthy list of supporters on Thursday when a national labor union endorsed the Democratic candidate for Maryland governor.

The Laborers International Union of North America announced its endorsement of Brown at the Laborers Training Center in Baltimore. The union became the first labor group to pick sides in the crowded race to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is term-limited.

In a statement, union Vice President and mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Dennis L. Martire said Brown was a “true leader in the fight for good jobs, fair wages and workers’ rights.”

“Working men and women know that they can count on Anthony Brown to fight for us, so we’re here today to let Anthony Brown know that he can count on us to elect him as our next governor,” Martire said.

Most of Brown’s endorsements to date have come from state, local and municipal elected officials. The labor union joins Maryland Association for Justice PAC and VoteVets.org PAC as the only organizations to formally endorse the lieutenant governor and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur plan to challenge Brown for the Democratic nomination, although Gansler has not yet formally announced his candidacy. Republicans in the race include Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Del. Ronald A. George.