Tom and Shannon are building a diverse team who believe in our vision for the future of our great state.
Tom and Shannon are building a diverse team who believe in our vision for the future of our great state.
"...the choice for us in the July 19 primary is clear: Tom Perez would make an outstanding governor....none of the candidates can match Mr. Perez’s track record or command of governing. Few candidates in Maryland’s history, or the country’s, would enter a governor’s office so well prepared."
“Tom Perez stands on a solid lifetime of working to strengthen the rights of workers, build our communities, and fight against injustices and discrimination” - Donna S. Edwards, President of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO
“Tom Perez has always been on the side of Maryland’s workers. His experience administering large public departments and agencies will be critical to steering Maryland’s recovery from the pandemic and ensuring the success of all of Maryland’s working people.” - Patrick Moran, AFSCME Council 3 President
Working people in Maryland need a true champion as Governor. Tom Perez is the leader Maryland needs with the experience necessary to build better public transit, support working families and create a better Maryland" – ATU International President John Costa.
“Tom Perez gets it. He gets stuff done. Every place he’s worked, he’s delivered for the little guy. We’re so excited to have a Governor who gets it and who will hold bad actors accountable. Local 1 is proud to endorse Tom Perez for Governor.” – Scott Garvin, President, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1
"Because of Tom's help, we successfully reached an agreement that strengthened protections and benefits for Verizon employees. The new contract was so good it was extended 3 years later. Tom had our back then and we have his back now. CWA is proud to endorse Tom Perez for governor of Maryland.” – Shannon Opfer, President, CWA 2107 & CWA MD/DC State Council
“Tom Perez is the real deal. As Governor, we know that he’ll have our back day in and day out. Whether it’s workplace safety, enforcing misclassification, or delivering on the promise of a good pension, he is looking out for union workers. Local 70 is proud to endorse Tom Perez for Governor.” – Roland Carter, President, IBEW 70
"Our members have been struggling on the frontlines of a global pandemic, enduring long hours and abusive customers without the benefit of hazard pay or even adequate safety measures. Now is a time for bold, decisive leadership and Tom is just the man for the job. We look forward to mobilizing our thousands of essential workers to do everything we can to ensure he is the next governor of Maryland.” – Mark Federici, President, UFCW 400
“Tom Perez has earned CASA in Action’s endorsement for countless reasons. Tom's history fighting for criminal justice and voting rights at the Department of Justice had meaningful and deep impacts on our members’ lives. His absolutely transformative work first as the Maryland Secretary of Labor then as the US Secretary of Labor both peeled back decades of policies favoring corporate executives over workers and put this country on the path to an overall overtime law needed for generations." – Gustavo Torres, CASA in Action Board President.
"Perez will be an effective champion for policies that benefit the Latino community and all of Maryland. He'll fight to expand high-quality education and create more job opportunities.” - Nathalie Rayes, President and CEO of Latino Victory Fund
“I worked closely with Tom when he led President Obama’s Labor Department, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the Democratic National Committee, so trust me when I say that he will be the leader Maryland needs to push for progressive change and deliver. Tom is a compassionate leader, a great listener, and someone who isn’t afraid to do the hard work governing requires, and I’m proud to endorse him."
"I've known Tom for more than 16 years and am familiar with his authenticity is vision and his ability to get things done. He has been successful at almost everything he's done and has worked at the local, state and national levels of government. He has the vision and the ability to bring us together in a time that we desperately need to work together to tackle some of our most pressing challenges here in our state. So I hope you join me in supporting my good friend Tom Perez who will be a transformative governor for this great state."
"Tom Perez is a father. He is a husband. He is a public servant. If you look at his record, his record as starting out as a garbage truck collector, moving on through the ranks, understanding the importance of civil rights of individuals. Working with the President of the United States Barack Obama. He is, without a doubt, the prime candidate to consider as we move forward in supporting someone who cares about keeping Maryland as one Maryland – understanding the needs of the people, not only in Prince George's County, but in the great state of Maryland."
"I strongly endorse Tom Perez for Governor of the great state of Maryland. I think Tom will be an outstanding Governor. He brings his experience to the job from his times running both Maryland and the U.S. Departments of Labor. And he also brings the compassion. I know he brings the passion because I've seen how he believes in Baltimore – and not just in Baltimore, but in every part of the state."
"I think if there is one thing we can say about Tom Perez, at any given moment, this man is equipped to lead. In this very critical moment for our nation and for the state of Maryland in particular, our post-COVID-19 nation will require the type of transformative leadership that Tom offers for the state of Maryland."
“I am pleased to give my strong support to Tom, especially because of his record and consistency as a public servant."
“Tom and I share a lot. We both know the importance of hard work, working on the back of a garbage truck early in our careers. We have both fought for working families serving in elected office. Now, I’m proud to support him as our next governor.”
“I am proud to endorse Tom Perez for Governor because I have seen Tom in action throughout his career in public service in local, state, and federal government. I know that he has the vision, experience, and leadership to move our state forward and deliver for all Marylanders.”
"Tom Perez grew up, just like me, going to a recreation center. And just like me, he understands how community engagement is not only important for our children, but also our state as a whole. I believe that Tom has the life experience and the vision that we need to create a better Maryland, and I'm proud to support him."
“Our next governor must be able to hit the ground running. That’s why I’m supporting Tom Perez. After eight years of lackluster, ineffective leadership, we don’t have the luxury of a governor who needs to learn on the job. Tom has the proven experience, passion, and skills to implement a bold vision to move Maryland forward — right out of the gate."
"Tom understands that we need to come together as a community because there are great issues in our community, public education, public safety, the environmental challenges, the health care challenges. Tom is ready for all of this, and Maryland is ready for Tom because Tom can deliver."
“Tom has dedicated his life to jobs and justice and I know he will continue that fight as our next Governor. From fighting for living wages and workplace protections to standing up for environmental justice, Tom has been there for Maryland families. I look forward to having a partner in Annapolis who shares my vision for a safer, cleaner, and more equitable state.”
“I’m so excited to endorse Tom Perez for governor because of his lifelong commitment to serving our most vulnerable – whether it be on the Montgomery County Council or at the U.S. Department of Labor. Tom is not afraid to roll up his sleeves to get things done, and I look forward to sending him to Annapolis.”
"Tom has focused on the issues that matter to Marylanders on the Montgomery County Council and as Maryland Labor Secretary. As President Obama’s Labor Secretary and at the Justice Department, he was a powerful advocate for racial equity and social justice. Even on the national stage, he remained engaged in his local Takoma Park community and Maryland issues. I know that he is the Governor we need, and I'm proud to support him.”
"When I think about the person that has the local, the state, and the federal credentials to make sure that we navigate Maryland in the right direction, that is Tom Perez. When I think about a leader on civil rights issues, that's Tom Perez. When I think about predatory lending, and how he got it... across the finish line, that's Tom Perez. When I think about labor issues, that's Tom Perez."
“Tom is a progressive champion who understands that we all succeed only when we all succeed. He's always stood up for working families and protected immigrant communities throughout his career. I’m proud to support Tom as Maryland’s next governor so we can continue that work together.”
"Tom is a pragmatic and progressive leader. He has served at every level of government and knows what it takes to help bring Maryland back into the leadership of our country. Tom has been an incredible friend to us in Montgomery County and throughout the state. Tom has served as the Secretary of Labor both at the state level, and at the federal level, so he knows how to get us out of this mess we're in right now with unemployment insurance and other issues."
"Tom Perez understands that Maryland belongs to all of us — not just those at the very top — and has spent a lifetime standing up for those who work for a living. I support Tom because he's the champion we need to unrig our economy and fight for good jobs, fair wages, and guaranteed health care for every single Marylander.”
“From his time as state of Maryland's Labor Secretary to serving alongside President Obama, Tom Perez has always been a voice for the people, has always fought for our families and will always be a partner to solve our shared challenges. He's the governor Maryland needs and I'm proud to support Tom.”
"Tom Perez is exactly the governor Maryland needs. Like me, he’s always focused on fighting for our working families and Tom has been a dedicated advocate for jobs, justice, and opportunity at every level of government. I know he’ll continue to stand with us to fight for what’s right and I’m ready to help send him to Annapolis."
"The fact is, this is the right time for leaders who love this country to step up and to serve it...[Tom is an] action-oriented leader. [He] knows how to get things done... And I know [he'll] do that for the people of Maryland."
“At a time when we need leaders who are willing to put politics aside and fight for issues that matter to working families -- like expanding access to quality education and increasing good-paying jobs -- Tom Perez is running for Governor of Maryland to ensure that the next generation of Marylanders has the opportunity to pursue their dreams and succeed. As the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Perez understands that immigrants are the bedrock of our nation and he will work to create a more just and equitable Maryland that uplifts and protects workers and their families -- and leaves no one behind.”
“Tom Perez is a person of integrity and conviction. From fighting against voter suppression and anti-LGBTQ discrimination as the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, to standing up for America’s working families so they can get better wages and job benefits as the Secretary of the Department of Labor, Perez has proven time and again to be an effective leader. Tom Perez will continue to be a champion for justice and for dignity for all the people of Maryland.”
“As the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Tom Perez was raised to fight for working families and to make sure that justice is equal for all. Tom has lived through some of the same tremendous challenges faced by so many Maryland families, which is why his leadership is so important and needed at this pivotal moment in time. I’m proud to stand with Tom, who understands what commitment to public service truly means and is ready to be a champion for all Marylanders.”
“Tom Perez is an experienced leader with a track record of improving the lives of working families, fostering economic opportunity, and standing up for workers. Perez understands firsthand the struggles many families in Maryland are now facing. He is now running for Governor to ensure the same opportunities offered to him exist for the next generation of Marylanders.”
“Tom Perez has dedicated his life to serving the public. Prior to serving as Secretary of the Department of Labor, he led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. No matter the role, Tom Perez has always relentlessly fought to improve the lives of hard-working families – from increasing good-paying jobs, to upholding social justice for all. Without a doubt, he is the kind of leader Marylanders need.”
"Tom Perez has dedicated his life to public service and fighting on behalf of working families and the most vulnerable in our society. He started his career working on the side of a garbage truck to help pay for school and ultimately served as President Obama’s Labor Secretary. Tom knows the value of hard work and he has the experience needed to lead the state of Maryland. I’m proud to endorse my friend Tom Perez to be the first Latino Governor of Maryland."
“The biggest question in front of us at the federal level, at the state level where we’ll see Tom next year, and at the local level in each and every community is how do we recover even stronger after the devastation from the COVID pandemic? How we recover, where the opportunity and equity are going to be in education, in health care, in job opportunity, in so many ways. That is what is at stake and that is why we so desperately need Tom Perez’s leadership as the next Governor of Maryland."
“Tom Perez is a civil rights champion and dedicated public servant who will deliver solutions for the working families of Maryland. His years of service to the country show that he will be a leader who will not be afraid to stand up to injustices and who will fight for all Marylanders. Perez will put people before politics, work to expand access to affordable health care, and increase economic opportunities for families to ensure our economy works for everyone. I’m honored to endorse him in this important race.”
“As the Secretary of the Department of Labor, Tom Perez worked tirelessly to protect and expand opportunities for America’s working families. These efforts included advocating for overtime pay, retirement security, and collective bargaining rights in order to help workers reach their full potential. Perez has dedicated his entire career to improving the lives of all Americans, and he will continue doing the same for all Marylanders.”
“Maryland needs a leader like Tom Perez, who has a proven track record of getting things done. Tom has spent his career helping workers and protecting the rights of all Americans from voting rights to disability rights. Tom gives Democrats the best shot of turning Maryland from red to blue and will implement progressive policies that will strengthen working families. We’re proud to endorse Tom Perez to be the first Latino governor of Maryland."