ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed Tom Perez on Monday to be the next governor of Maryland.

Pelosi, who grew up in Baltimore, said she worked closely with Perez when he served in President Barack Obama’s administration and as the Democratic Party chairman.

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“I worked closely with Tom when he led President Obama’s Labor Department, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the Democratic National Committee, so trust me when I say that he will be the leader Maryland needs to push for progressive change and deliver,” Pelosi said in a statement.

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Perez is running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland in next year’s election. Seven other candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is term-limited.

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Pelosi, of California, grew up in Baltimore. Her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., represented Maryland’s 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and later served as the mayor of Baltimore. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as the mayor of Baltimore.