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Former U.S. Secretary of Education runs for Governor of Maryland

5/29/2022 | Javari Burnett

47 ABC

One former U.S. Secretary of Education is looking to add the title of politician to his list of many titles with his candidacy for the Governor of Maryland.

John B. King tells 47ABC, he decided to run for governor for the same reasons he got into public service: to make a difference in people’s lives.

Losing his parents at a young age, King says what saved him was his passion for education and school was the one place he felt the safest.

King’s background includes leading schools on the local and state level in the roles of teacher and principal before serving as U.S. Secretary of Education for former President Barack Obama. He says his time in education highlighted many disparities in housing, healthcare, and employment amongst Marylanders.

King traveled to the shore over the Memorial Day weekend and says his conversations with local business owners and community members showed him that state government has to invest more in economic development and healthcare. “I’ve proposed creating a state bank that will make it easier for small business owners to get the capital they need, particularly women owned businesses and businesses owned by African Americans and Latinos,” King said.

“I also heard from folks about the need for more health care providers in the region. They’re worried about the fact they might not be able to access the healthcare specialist they need. So there’s a real need for a governor who will attend to those everyday challenges that face folks here on the eastern shore.”

King also says he believes that diversity in representation is important in politics as well, as he would be the first Afro-Latina Governor of Maryland if elected.

The primary for Maryland’s Governor race is July 19th and the general election will be held Tuesday, November 8th.