Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Announces He Is Running for President

by Madison Cooper

Another potential candidate has entered the Presidential race and this time the candidate is a little closer to home. Thats right! Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is running for the 2016 Presidential Election.

If you’re a little unfamiliar with Martin O’Malley here’s a little background. O’Malley was first elected in 2006 and then re-elected in 2010 serving two terms in office. O’Malley also served two terms as mayor of Baltimore and was on the Baltimore City Council.

O’Malley started his campaign in Baltimore and during his speech stated “The American Dream seems for so many of us to be hanging by a thread.” He goes on pledging that if he is lucky enough to become president that he will close “a growing gap of injustice in our country.” O’Malley’s big push is for “New Leadership” which is his slogan for his campaign.

Throughout his speech not once does O’Malley make reference to President Obama in an attempt to distance himself farther from the current administration. A tactic that I believe most Democratic candidates will be using in order to win this year’s election. He pushes that it’s time for America to change, stating “This is the urgent work calling us forward today: to rebuild the truth of the American Dream for all Americans and to begin right now.”

I went and asked WHS students what were their thoughts on our former governor running for president. 10th grader Saul Montano said “I think it’s going to be really hard for him to do much of anything since he’s running against Hillary but I guess he can still try.”

While freshman Amanda Singleton was a little more hopeful saying “I think he’s a good candidate. I mean he was our governor so he can’t be that bad.” And lastly Ashley Yeboah said “I think it’s cool someone from Maryland is running. I don’t know much about him, but he seems alright.”

The Democratic candidate seems to be a longshot versus favorable Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who announced her run for office over social media earlier this year, with new candidates pilling in rapidly. Both Democrats and Republican time will only tell what the future will bring.