Former State Department adviser announces run for Maryland governor

Former State Department adviser announces run for Maryland governor
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Alec Ross, a high-profile former aide in former President Obama's State Department, is jumping into the Maryland governor's race in to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. 

 
"Hogan is embracing Donald Trump’s agenda, which will hurt our schools, do damage to the Chesapeake Bay and simply doesn’t reflect the values of most Marylanders," he said in the statement. 
 
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“We’re not going to beat Larry Hogan with the same old ideas by the same old politicians. That simply won’t work. My campaign will be about new, innovative ideas to better prepare all of our students for the new economy, make government more transparent and to stop Donald Trump from imposing his agenda in our state.”
 
That theme remained in his announcement video, where he criticized Hogan for inviting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an unpopular figure on the left, to visit a Maryland school to "promote their misguided ideas." 
 
Ross played up his ties to both Obama and Clinton in his announcement video, showing him alongside both Democratic politicians. Maryland statewide office is typically a safe bet for Democrats, which has made Hogan one of the party's top gubernatorial targets. 
 
And he also evoked his background as both a middle school teacher in Baltimore and as an expert on innovation — his post at the State Department was senior adviser on innovation and he's since written a best-selling book on the topic — as proof that he can change business as usual in the state. 
 
"Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. That has to change," Ross said in his announcement video. 
 
"I've dedicated my career to expanding educational and economic opportunity to those who currently don't have it. So my campaign is about new ideas, a new way of thinking about challenging government to do better for hardworking families."