The energy was palpable at the IBEW headquarters in southwest Baltimore when Democratic nominee for governor Wes Moore walked into the hall to meet with the Maryland AFL-CIO. Members of the various unions swarmed Moore asking for pictures, making conversation, and exchanging warm thoughts with the Democratic nominee. Del. Brooke Lierman, who is the Democratic nominee for Comptroller, was also in attendance and took time to chat with union leaders and members as well.
Before taking the stage to offer remarks, Moore made a point to seek out Lorretta Johnson and share a moment with her. The two hugged and posed together for a picture. Once hurried on stage, Moore spoke about his connection with labor unions. He shared the story of how his father’s labor union was there for his family when his father sadly faced an early death.
Moore’s charisma and charm as well as his clarity and vision were on display that morning as he shared his goals for Maryland. He spoke with a precision and clarity that communicated his understanding of the issues facing working Maryland families. More importantly for public employees was Moore’s understanding of the need for collaboration from workers and management to deliver high quality services to Marylanders.
Although the formal endorsement of Moore is yet to come, AFT-Maryland President Kenya Campbell hopes that labor can come together as a coalition “to get the best boss for the state of Maryland.”