VoteVets Backs Wes Moore for Governor of Maryland

Annapolis, MD – The largest progressive group of veterans in America is today endorsing Wes Moore for Governor of Maryland.

“Leadership, accountability, and community are three words Wes Moore embodies,” said Will Fischer, Iraq War Veteran and Senior Adviser to VoteVets. “From leading troops in combat to being a successful small business CEO and the head of one of the largest anti-poverty organizations in the country, Wes Moore has stepped up time and again to lead. Wes’s devotion to his community in Maryland runs deep and he’s never forgotten where he came from. The strong leadership and true commitment to community that Wes has shown through his lifetime in public service will greatly benefit Maryland in these challenging times. We’re proud to back him in this race.”

Wes Moore, a combat veteran, bestselling author, small business owner, Rhodes Scholar and former CEO of one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations, has devoted his life’s work to a basic principle: no matter your start in life, you deserve an equal opportunity to succeed – a job you can raise a family on, a future you can look forward to.

Wes graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and then Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. As a teenager, he interned for former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and then went on to earn a Rhodes Scholarship, which took him to Oxford University.

Inspired by his mentors at military school, Wes went on to serve captain and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and deployed to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2006 to lead soldiers in Khost province. He also served as a White House Fellow, advising on issues of national security and international relations.

Backed by over 1.5 million supporters, VoteVets PAC (Political Action Committee) has been helping veterans and national security experts win elected office at the Federal, state and local levels since its inception in 2006. Prior to VoteVets’ existence, conservatives and Republicans were viewed as the pro-military, pro-security party, for decades. Through its award-winning, blunt ads, and relentless work in the field, VoteVets helped change that dynamic, with the help of the amazing candidates it supports.

To help its candidates win, VoteVets PAC runs aggressive independent spending campaigns (over $100 million to date), raises and donates millions of dollars, and runs one of the most innovative and exciting texting programs in electoral politics in order to connect veterans and military families with other veterans and military families to get out the vote.