Alec Ross, the former technology policy adviser in President Barack Obama's State Department, announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland. He made the announcement Wednesday in a YouTube video.
In the video, Ross tied the current governor, Maryland Republican Larry Hogan, to President Donald Trump.
"In order for tomorrow to be better than today, we must press for innovation, and stand up to Larry Hogan, who's allowing Donald Trump to bring his agenda to Maryland. He just hopes nobody will notice," he said.
Hogan is in favor of a budget that cuts funding for Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, Ross said. "They want to cut tens of millions of dollars for the bay cleanup to pay for Donald Trump's wall? What's next? Drilling in our bay?"
"I'm running for governor to stand up for Maryland values and stand up to Trumpism," Ross said.
"We can't beat Larry Hogan and Donald Trump with the same old, same old. It just won't happen," he added.
"I'm going to use what I know about entrepreneurship and innovation to open up high-paying jobs to Marylanders with and without a college degree," he said.
His video also focused on his plans for education. "Our schools need a new champion, not a governor who brought Betsy DeVos, who brought her anti-public school agenda into a Maryland classroom to promote their misguided ideas," he said, referring to the secretary of education.
Ross, a Johns Hopkins fellow and author, wrote "The Industries of the Future," a 2016 nonfiction book that spent two months on the New York Times' business bestseller list, according to The Washington Post.
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