He was in Frederick on Saturday morning.
The owner of Cafe 611 in Frederick introduced Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to a large crowd of Democrats on Saturday. Brown was in Frederick as part of a statewide tour to announce his intentions to run for Governor in 2014.
He touted the success of the O'Malley Administration, which he has been a part of since 2007. "We built the nation's the best schools, and made college more affordable. We expanded health care to more and more Marylanders. And we're leading the nation in implementing President Obama's health reform. Maryland is a great state but we can do better," he said, to the applause of the audience. "Maryland is a great state because of you, but we can do better."
Brown's campaign says his goal is to "make Maryland better for more Marylanders."
Frederick was one of three stops on Brown's tour of the state Saturday, announcing his candidacy. His other stops were in Montgomery County, and Baltimore City. He made his first announcement on Friday in Prince George's County, which he represented as a state delegate.
During his speech, Brown said he wanted to end a lot of the disparity across the state, when it comes to the economy, education and health care. "It's not enough to have the best hospitals in the country, unless all Marylanders have the same opportunities to enjoy the same quality of health as their neighbors," he said, as the crowd applauded. "It's not enough to have the best schools in the nation, and we do, unless every child in Maryland, whether they live in Frederick, Baltimore City or Bethesda, gets a world class education."
Brown is the first Democrat to announce for Governor. Other potential Democratic candidates include Attorney General Doug Gansler, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Delegate Heather Mizeur and Howard County Executive Ken Ullman. On the Republican side, Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young, Harford County Executive David Craig and Delegate Ron George have been mentioned as candidates, along with Larry Hogan with the organization Change Maryland, and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Incumbent Senator Ben Cardin in 2012.
Brown is a Colonel in the US Army Reserve who served a tour of duty in Iraq. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Brown is married with two children, and one step child, according to campaign materials.