- Wes Moore was elected to workplace in November after defeating GOP opponent Dan Cox
- Oprah Winfrey, who supported his candidacy, was current for the swearing-in
- She appeared to wipe away tears on the gun salute, following the ceremony
Democrat Wes Moore, who was sworn in as Maryland’s first Black governor Wednesday, mentioned his imaginative and prescient was a “secure and simply” state.
The inauguration ball for Moore, who was the third Black individual to have held this place within the nation’s historical past, was a star-studded occasion, graced by highly effective personalities from the political and nonpolitical circuit.
His win on the midterms flipped the Maryland workplace from Republican to Democrat. He secured 60% of the votes to beat his GOP opponent, Dan Cox, within the race to switch his predecessor Larry Hogan, who was term-limited and could not search reelection.
Moore delivered a robust speech on the occasion, stating his priorities for the state, and his imaginative and prescient, which was a “secure and simply” Maryland.
Moore’s inauguration happened on the Maryland State Home, the oldest Capitol in steady legislative use, and the one state home to have served because the nation’s capitol, the place he mirrored on the construction’s historical past and those that helped construct it.
“It is unimaginable not to consider our previous and our path. We’re blocks away from the Annapolis docks, the place so many enslaved folks arrived on this nation towards their will,” Moore mentioned in his inaugural speech, CNN reported. “And we’re standing in entrance of a capitol that was constructed by their palms. We’ve made uneven and unimaginable progress since then.”
Oprah Winfrey, who endorsed his candidacy, was current on the ceremony and launched him on the occasion. She appeared to wipe away tears on the gun salute after Moore’s swearing-in. Additionally in attendance have been comic Chris Tucker and Chelsea Clinton.
Talking concerning the state’s new gov., Winfrey mentioned, “I belief your imaginative and prescient, I belief your management and I would like you to know you possibly can belief it, too.”
Moore later touched upon the issue areas which have plagued the state.
“Maryland is asset-rich however strategy-poor. And for too lengthy we’ve left folks behind. Maryland has the very best median revenue within the nation but one-in-eight youngsters stay in poverty,” he mentioned, ABC Information reported.
He acknowledged the crime stats of the state previously eight years and mentioned, “We would not have to decide on between being a secure state and a only one. Maryland can — and can — be each.”
A few of his objectives for his management will embody implementing a $15 minimal wage, police reform, and funding for youth psychological well being applications, the outlet reported.