Earlier than Maryland Comptroller and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Franchot completed his remarks throughout a gubernatorial candidate’s reception earlier this month, he stated his working mate could be a Black lady.
Franchot made it official Wednesday with the collection of Prince George’s County Council member Monique Anderson-Walker.
If voters selected Franchot within the June 28 major and in subsequent 12 months’s common election, Anderson-Walker would change into the state’s first Black lady to serve lieutenant governor.
A meet-and-greet with the candidates will likely be held Saturday at Oxon Hill Manor.
“I’m simply delighted to say she is simply going to be great lieutenant governor,” Franchot stated an interview. “I don’t imply to be too sober, but when one thing dangerous occurs to me, I can envision Monique … stepping in on someday and being skilled, battle-tested, competent, results-oriented, have the stature and logic to be the governor of the state, if mandatory.”
Though each are Democrats and Franchot is aware of Anderson-Walker’s husband, Del. Jay Walker (D-District 26) of Fort Washington, by means of his work in Annapolis, Franchot stated they each share a serious purpose.
“A typical curiosity in downplaying empty, political rhetoric and overpromising on getting outcomes for our fellow Marylanders and each day we’re going to attempt to enhance their high quality of life,” he stated. “That’s the frequent thread between our relationship.”
Anderson-Walker has represented District 8 within the Prince George’s space generally known as South County since December 2018. The communities within the space that borders Washington, D.C., and is separated from Virginia by the Potomac River embrace Joint Base Andrews, Marlow Heights and Nationwide Harbor.
Earlier than Anderson-Walker made county historical past to change into the primary Black lady to characterize that area, she based Fleur de Lis, a business actual property agency headquartered at Nationwide Harbor.
In her first 12 months as a council member, she established the “#DrivingItHome” initiative to encourage protected driving all through the county. This system targeted partly on how state officers marked Route 210, or Indian Head Freeway, in District 8 as essentially the most harmful highway in Maryland due to vehicular crashes and deaths.
When the coronavirus pandemic gripped the D.C. area in March 2020, Anderson-Walker was the primary council member to arrange digital neighborhood classes that included a weeklong four-part discussion board sequence on highway security, home violence, intercourse trafficking and gun violence.
Moreover her bachelor’s diploma from Emory College, she obtained two grasp’s levels in actual property from Johns Hopkins College and political science from Howard College.
In an interview Wednesday, the council member stated two main areas to assist enhance the state could be innovation in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Expertise, Engineering, Arts and Math) primarily based studying and addressing environmental challenges equivalent to flooding in sure neighborhoods.
“We’re in the course of a shift. The best way that we do issues goes to vary,” she stated. “We actually need to take a look at fairness on the state degree. All of this goes into the general well being, environmental well being [and] monetary well being of individuals.”