FROM PROMISE TO PROGRESS
TEACHER, FATHER, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, PROGRESSIVE CHAMPION.
A lifelong educator, John B. King Jr. knows firsthand the power of public education and the important role educators play in creating a more just and prosperous future. John’s own life was saved by public school educators after both of his parents passed away by the time he was twelve. Like many kids who suffer trauma, John struggled as a teenager and got into so much trouble that he was actually kicked out of high school. It was public school educators that saved his life, gave him a second chance, and inspired him to become an educator himself. John has spent his entire career fighting for a more just and equitable future, from working as an educator himself to serving as the first Afro-Latino Secretary of Education under President Obama.
John King is running for governor on the promise of progress, with a vision to move Maryland toward a more equitable future where everyone has a fair shot at success. We’re building a people-powered campaign to help make this vision a reality, so please chip in what you can now to join us and support this movement!
As an educator, John knows the impact that our different social systems can have on the lives of students and families. He’s running for governor to ensure that state government is a transformative force for good in the lives of all Marylanders. John’s vision for Maryland is for a more equitable future that makes real economic dignity and prosperity, climate action and environmental justice, racial justice, and more seats at the table of opportunity.
As Secretary of Education under President Obama, the President of the Education Trust, and the Founder of Strong Future Maryland, John has worked with leaders both in Annapolis and across the country to help advance bold, progressive legislation that invests in our public schools, protects workers, and safeguards our environment. Read more to learn his plans to build upon that work and ensure that Maryland is a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.