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El Tiempo Latino Endorses Tom Perez for Maryland Governor

June 10, 2022

SILVER SPRING, MD – Maryland gubernatorial candidate and former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez today received the endorsement of El Tiempo Latino, the region’s largest Spanish language newspaper, in the race for Maryland governor.

Perez, who would be Maryland’s first Latino governor, received the paper’s first-ever gubernatorial endorsement.

“El Tiempo Latino has decided to endorse Tom Perez. In our opinion, Perez, by virtue of his qualifications, his experience and previous concrete results in public office and his family history, is uniquely qualified to serve our community in this state in an effective, sympathetic and efficient manner,” The Editorial Board said.

“Tom Perez is the leader Marylanders need in office to fight for working families and build a Maryland that works for all. He’s a powerhouse public official, a force for good who has worked throughout his career to improve the quality of life of communities across the country with actions and results,” said Nathalie Rayes, President and CEO of Latino Victory Fund. “As governor of Maryland, he’ll work with the same tenacity to ensure his constituents live in a Maryland with access to quality, affordable health care, good-paying jobs and economic opportunity, a clean environment and racial justice. In a time for bold and inclusive leadership, there’s no one better for the job than Tom.”

This is the latest sign that the Perez-Sneed campaign continues to build momentum.

Perez recently earned The Washington Post’s endorsement, which named Tom the clear choice who would "make an outstanding governor” as well as recent endorsements from the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO, the state’s largest federation of unions which represents over 700 union locals, and Progressive Maryland, a statewide advocacy organization with over 120,000 members, supporters, and affiliates statewide.

These organizations are the latest to join a diverse and rapidly growing coalition in endorsing the Perez-Sneed campaign, including national, state, and local officials, like Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi; Former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards; State Senator Joanne C. Benson, Prince George’s County; State Senator Cory McCray, Baltimore City; State Delegate Luke Clippinger, Baltimore City; State Delegate Bonnie Cullison, Montgomery County; Delegate Anne Healey, Prince George's County, Delegate Carl Jackson, Baltimore County; Delegate Mary Lehman, Prince George's County; Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Baltimore City;  Delegate Lesley Lopez, Montgomery County; Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr, Montgomery County; Delegate Kirill Reznik, Montgomery County; Delegate Dana Stein, Baltimore County; Delegate Vaughn Stewart, Montgomery County; Delegate Veronica Turner, Prince George's County; Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins; College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn; Mount Rainier Mayor Celina Benitez; Baltimore City Councilmember Kristerfer Burnett; Baltimore City Councilmember Ryan Dorsey; Baltimore City Councilmember Danielle McCray; Hyattsville Councilmember Rommel Sandino; Former State Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews; Former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggettt, and more.

Read the full text of the El Tiempo Latino’s endorsement below:

On this July 19th, the Democratic Party's primary elections will be held to choose its candidate for the Maryland gubernatorial race to be held on November 8th.

In this important election, which will affect more than 250,000 Latinos in the state, El Tiempo Latino has decided to endorse Tom Perez. In our opinion, Perez, by virtue of his qualifications, his experience and previous concrete results in public office and his family history, is uniquely qualified to serve our community in this state in an effective, sympathetic and efficient manner.

Recently we have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic and its painful impact on the health and well-being of all. Unfortunately, we know that its negative impact, such as inflation, will continue for some time to come. We have also learned from past experience that, in difficult times, Latinos, because of our vulnerability, end up disproportionately affected in these circumstances.

We are convinced that Tom Perez has the background and experience to understand our specific problems in a unique way.  Likewise, being the son of Dominican immigrants, he is well aware of our challenges and aspirations. He knows, because he understood this since his childhood with his parents, that this country needs immigrants, not because we come to beg, but because we come to work and to be useful to this great nation. This is one of his fundamental differences from the other candidates for the position.

As The Washington Post reported in endorsing his candidacy, "it is easy to be dazzled by Mr. Perez's resume and lose sight of his record and reputation as the great problem solver in key roles at the local, state and federal levels”. Tom Perez is a graduate of both Harvard University and Brown University, with a brilliant record of public service.

He headed the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, from where he pushed for better protection for immigrants and fought against discrimination, and for inclusion. From that position he closely monitored lawsuits against abuses by police who seek to enforce the law in a biased manner, and attacked the passage of state laws attempting to restrict voting rights. He won a seat on the Montgomery County Council, where he played a key role in vigorously attacking predatory lending practices. He served as Maryland's Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, where he focused on fraud by large corporations. During President Barak Obama's administration he served as Secretary of Labor at the federal level.

Obama expressed this about his work: "He has been one of the best Secretaries of Labor in our history. If we look at his track record on behalf of workers ... he has been extraordinary”.

Today, Perez pledges in his campaign to fight for Maryland communities and families to get good jobs, affordable health care, and quality public education without discrimination. We have found that he has done this from every position he has held.

If you want solutions to your community's problems, if you want a governor who listens to you and understands you, and if you are aware that you can do something about it, vote on July 19th. Voting is everyone's responsibility. You cannot make demands on those who govern if you do not exercise your right to vote.