Wes Moore chooses Aruna Miller as gubernatorial running mate

Gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore, left, picked former Del. Aruna Miller, right, as running mate.

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he had selected Aruna Miller, a former state delegate from Montgomery County, as his running mate.

Moore is the second candidate in a crowded Democratic field to choose a Montgomery County running mate. Former Prince George County Executive Rushern Baker has chosen Montgomery County Council member Nancy Navarro as his running mate.

Miller, a civil engineer, emigrated with her family from India when she was 7 years old.

She represented District 15 as a state delegate from 2011 to 2019. Instead of running for another term, she ran for Congress in the 6e District. She finished second in the Democratic primary behind David Trone.

Moore is a nonprofit executive and veteran of the Baltimore Army who has never held office.

His choice of Miller would bring political and legislative experience to his ticket. It could also help him gain support in voter-rich Montgomery County. He was born in Takoma Park before moving to Baltimore at a young age

“Aruna Miller will make an extraordinary lieutenant governor for the state of Maryland,” Moore said in a campaign statement. “She is a seasoned and experienced legislator, civil engineer and infrastructure expert, and a leader in her community. After extensive research, I am very proud to make her my partner in this campaign to create generational change to address the generational challenges that Maryland families face.

The Democratic side of the gubernatorial race is already filled with strong relationships with Montgomery County, especially among candidates living in the county:

• State Controller Peter Franchot of Takoma Park
• Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler of Bethesda
• Former US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez of Takoma Park
• Ashwani Jain, who worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama and lives in Potomac
• Former US Secretary of Education John King Jr. of Silver Spring
• Former nonprofit executive Jon Baron of Bethesda

Besides Baker and Moore, the only other Democratic candidate to have chosen a running mate is Franchot, who runs with Monique Anderson-Walker, a former member of the Prince George County Council.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, no longer has a mandate to be re-elected.

The declared Republican candidates for governor are Robin Ficker of Boyds, a former delegate; State Del. Dan Cox of Frederick County; Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz, also of Frederick County; Ed Tinus Jr. of Worcester County; and Joe Werner of Baltimore County.

Cox chose lawyer Gordana Schifanelli as his running mate and Werner chose Minh Thanh Luong.

Applicants have until the filing deadline, February 22, 2022, to officially declare a running mate.

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