Rushern Baker (D), candidate for Maryland Governor, has announced that Montgomery County Council’s Nancy Navarro (D) will be his running mate for the upcoming election.
Baker was a two-term Prince George’s County Executive and represented legislative district 22B in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2003. He ran for Governor in 2018, but lost the Democratic primary to Ben Jealous 40%-29%.
Councilmember Nancy Navarro is a Venezuelan American legislator, the first Latina to serve on the Montgomery County Council. Navarro is finishing her third term on the Montgomery County council and is unable to run for re-election due to the county’s term limit law.
As a member of the Montgomery County Council, helped passed a $15 minimum wage, increased pay equity and earned sick leave, and cracked down on wage violations.
She also authored the Early Care and Education Initiative to expand the availability of quality and affordable childcare.
Prior to her service on the County Council, Navarro served on the Montgomery County Board of Education for five years. Before entering public office, Nancy co-founded a non-profit, community-based organization to assist with the economic and educational development of Latino and other immigrant communities. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she lives in Silver Spring with her husband of 30 years. They have two amazing Afro-Latina daughters Anais and Isabel who are graduates of MCPS and Howard University.