Wes Moore planned to make history as Maryland’s first black governor

UNCUT: Complete acceptance speech by Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore

UNCUT: Complete acceptance speech by Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore

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Wes Moore will win the Maryland gubernatorial race, CBS News Projects, making him the state’s first black governor. Moore will also be only the third elected black governor in US history.

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden appeared alongside Moore Monday at Bowie State University for his final stop on the campaign trail.

Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia in 1989 and Deval Patrick was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2006. Other black men have served as governor but have taken office after their governor resigned — such as former New York governor David Paterson, who was lieutenant governor and became governor when Eliot Spitzer resigned.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore speaks at a campaign rally at Bowie State University November 7, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland.

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Moore defeated Republican nominee Dan Cox and ran with Aruna Miller, the nominee for lieutenant governor, who was previously a member of the Maryland House of Representatives. According to Capital News Service, she was the first Indian-American woman elected to the state legislature.

Moore and Cox once debated each other, with Moore criticizing Cox for attending the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. corresponding CBS Baltimore. Cox has peddled the unsubstantiated claims that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election and reinforced the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Moore called Cox “an extremist resister whose rhetoric and policies are not only dangerous and divisive but will set our state back”.

Moore, a combat veteran and author, had never run for public office prior to running for governor, according to his campaign website. He was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford University after graduating from Valley Forge Military College and Johns Hopkins University. Moore was a US Army captain and paratrooper stationed in Afghanistan.

Before running for governor, he was CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the problems caused by poverty in New York City.

He wrote a New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore, about “the fragile nature of opportunity in America,” which his campaign page says is widely read in Maryland schools. Among his other books is Five Days, which tells the story of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in 2015.

Moore and his wife Dawn have two children.


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