Katie Baker
For Immediate Release

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore (IMA) Endorses Gansler for Governor

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore has endorsed former Attorney General Doug Gansler and former Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.

“The IMA believes that former Attorney General Doug Gansler and former Mayor Candace Hollingsworth are the best-suited ticket to meet the needs of Black Marylanders across the state,” said IMA President Rev. Dr. Alvin J. Gwynn, Sr. “Doug has spent much of his career serving communities of color in Maryland and working to keep the state safe but never at the expense of justice. Candace led revitalization efforts when she served as mayor of Hyattsville. The IMA believes that Doug and Candace are the right team to create not only a safer Baltimore, but a safer Maryland, and we look forward to helping them win this primary in July.”

“It’s a deep and profound honor for us to receive the IMA’s endorsement,” said Gansler. “Not only because of what IMA represents historically for Baltimore, but also because of the pastors that represent the citizens of Baltimore. We’re excited to work with the pastors of IMA and the communities on the ground to help Baltimore realize its promise as a safe and vibrant city.”

“We are so grateful to have the endorsement of the IMA,” said Hollingsworth. “I think this partnership and this relationship is a reflection of our commitment to community and our commitment to Black voters, and the voters of Baltimore City. The way we build a safe and just Maryland is through creating strong cities and strong communities. Our administration needs Baltimore’s pastors and all religious leaders at the table as we do that.”

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance is a Historic Federation of Clergy-Activists across the Baltimore Metro Area, which advocates in solidarity with marginalized communities both locally and globally. IMA gives voice to those who may not have a voice to address critical issues such as better schools and better housing, crime elimination, job creation and other pressing issues.

The group’s past endorsements include the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume.

A video of the endorsement announcement can be viewed HERE. 


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