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Tom Perez Wins Statewide Democratic Gubernatorial Straw Poll

June 22, 2022

SILVER SPRING, MD — A new independent, statewide straw poll found former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez as voters’ top candidate in the Maryland Democratic primary for governor.

The ranked-choice straw poll of over 1,100 voters — far exceeding the prior Western Maryland Democratic Summit straw poll of 335 voters — was conducted by statewide digital platform Our Maryland, in partnership with leading nonprofits FairVote and RCV Maryland.

“I am so thankful for the support of voters across our state who trust my record of results and believe in our inclusive vision to deliver jobs, justice, and opportunity to every Marylander in every community,” Tom Perez said. “I’ve taken on — and won — big fights for working families as a civil rights prosecutor, on the Montgomery County Council, as Maryland’s Labor Secretary, and as President Obama's U.S. Labor Secretary. It’s clear Marylanders are ready for a “Get Stuff Done” governor who will carry on that fight for them and we’re so excited to work together to make that a reality.”

The final results of the Our Maryland 2022 Democratic-Gubernatorial Primary Straw Poll were:

This new poll is the latest sign demonstrating the Perez-Sneed campaign’s growing momentum ahead of the July 19 primary, including endorsements announced yesterday from AFT-Maryland and the Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club.

A recent poll by The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore shows Perez in a statistical tie for second place and continues to gain momentum, showing “signs of strength,” over top opponents.

In recent weeks, Perez earned The Washington Post’s endorsement, which called 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 who has endorsed 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 Shane Pendergrass, Howard 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 Leggett, and more.

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