ENDORSED CANDIDATE

Ben Jealous

State: Maryland

Elected Office: Governor

Reason for Endorsement:

Benjamin Todd Jealous (born January 18, 1973) is an American civic leader and Democratic nominee for Governor of Maryland in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Jealous is also former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a partner at Kapor Capital, Board Chairman of the Southern Elections Fund and one of the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professors at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Jealous was selected at age 35 as the youngest-ever national leader of the NAACP. He was credited with reviving the organization by Forbes magazine, Time, The Nonprofit Times, and others. In 2013, Jealous was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum. The Washington Post in 2013 described him as "one of the nation's most prominent civil rights leaders."

In 2014 Jealous became a senior partner at Kapor Capital, a firm that leverages the tech sector to create progressive social change. He also joined the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow. A progressive Democrat, he first endorsed Bernie Sanders in his 2016 campaign for U.S. President, supporting Hillary Clinton after she was nominated as candidate by the Democratic Party.

On May 31, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, Jealous declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election. In the June 26 primary, Jealous defeated Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and seven other candidates to become the Democratic nominee in the general election.

Year: 2018