Marching Orders: 5/3/18

An occasional update on LEAP Forward's stable of endorsed candidates.

Maryland

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Endorsement season in full swing, and LEAPer Peter Perini has rolled out a who's who of Maryland progressives who are backing his candidacy. From local blog A Miner Detail:

Former Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and outgoing Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Md.) are throwing their support behind Perini’s bid to recapture District 2B from Republican control.
Endorsing Perini, Delaney, who announced last year that he is running for president in 2020, said this:
“I am pleased to endorse Peter Perini for the Maryland House of Delegates. Peter has been a true leader in Hagerstown and will make a great Delegate. I encourage everyone who supports me to in turn support Peter.”

Perini faces off with Republican incumbent Paul Corderman in November. 

Nebraska

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Megan Hunt (LEAP Forward endorsed in LD-08) received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction and released the following statement:

The gun lobby wants us to believe that gun violence is normal and that there's nothing we can do to change that. And they've made talking about guns a culturally divisive topic, despite the fact that most gun owners support gun violence prevention policies.

We know the truth: The legislators we've elected have not only the power, but the urgent obligation to set aside the rhetoric pandering to the extreme wings of their parties and take the first step toward a more moderate national gun policy.

Hunt faces two opponents in Nebraska's May 15th top-two primary.

KETV in Omaha has profiled another LEAP Foward endorsed candidate, Kara Eastman, running in the NE-02 Democratic primary. The video can be seen in its entirety HERE.