ANNAPOLIS — Several Mid-Shore leaders have given gubernatorial hopeful and current Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot their stamp of approval ahead of his 2022 bid to replace Gov. Larry Hogan.
In a list of more than 100 endorsers, 11 are of the Mid-Shore. They span four of the five counties and range from mayors and legislators to prominent businesspeople.
Jaime Windon, a St. Michaels commissioner and the owner of Lyon Distilling in the town, is among the 11. Alongside Windon in Talbot County is Patricia Campen, they county’s register of wills.
Windon told The Star Democrat she is proud to endorse Franchot. She called him “principled, focused and committed to working for all Marylanders,” and a “staunch supporter of small businesses.”
“I’ve had the privilege of working alongside him to reform and advance Maryland alcohol laws in my role as president of the Maryland Distillers Guild,” Windon said. As an elected official, she said, she has “great respect for his open and honest approach to dealing directly with controversial issues.”
“Peter goes above and beyond to make himself available to all citizens, and his responsiveness is unparalleled,” Windon said.
In neighboring Dorchester County, County Councilmen Jay Newcomb and Ricky Travers, former Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Hurlock Mayor Michael Henry signed on in support of Franchot.
Farther north in Kent County, Chestertown Mayor Christopher Cerino, Kent County Commissioner Ronald Fithian, and Chestertown Councilmen David Foster and the Rev. Ellsworth Tolliver endorsed the longtime comptroller.
Caroline County’s Abigail McNinch, mayor of Denton, also put herself on the list of Franchot backers.
Franchot, a Democrat, announced his run for governor last year, making himself the first to enter the now growing field of candidates to succeed Hogan, whose final term will come to an end in 2023. Hogan is term limited and cannot run for reelection.
Franchot has served as Maryland comptroller since 2007. He has been reelected to the four-year post three times.
Competing with Franchot for Maryland’s highest office are Robin Ficker, a former Republican state delegate from Montgomery County, and Ashwani Jain, who is also from Montgomery County and served as an official in the Obama administration.
Franchot, Ficker and Jain are the state’s only declared candidates for governor, though the field likely will become more crowded as the June 2022 election nears.
Of his growing list of supporters, Franchot said in a statement that he is “grateful for the friendship and trust of these hardworking public servants.”
“As governor, I will work for all of Maryland and ensure no one gets left behind,” he said. “Together we’ll deliver bold solutions to the challenges we face and raise Maryland’s expectations for what a competent government can achieve, and what our people deserve.”