Hughes backing Perez in race for attorney general

August 13, 2006|By ANDREA F. SIEGEL

Former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes is backing Montgomery County Councilman E. Perez for attorney general in the three-way Democratic primary.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Hughes said he interviewed Perez last fall as a potential gubernatorial running mate for Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and was "very impressed with him." He said he agreed with Perez's support for preserving open lands in Montgomery County and his vows to be active in protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

Hughes is expected to announce his endorsement tomorrow in Annapolis as part of Perez's news conference on environmental advocacy.

The other attorney general candidates in the Democratic primary next month are Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler and former Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms. The winner's Republican opponent in the November general election is likely to be Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle.

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