Former nonprofit executive Jon Baron announced his running mate Friday in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor.
Baron chose Natalie Williams, a Bowie resident who currently works as communications and public affairs director for the Maryland Business Roundtable of Education.
Williams, 50, a Prince George’s County native born on Andrews Air Force Base and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro.
Williams unsuccessfully ran for D.C. City Council to represent Ward 8 during a special election in 2012 and in 2015. Before her run in 2012, she worked as a spokesperson for the late former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.
Williams served as chair of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A in the city and president of the Ward 8 Democratic Party.
She’s also a health care advocate and diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, which she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. To help other women of color, she founded the Natalie Williams Breast Care Foundation.
“My whole career has been about communicating with people — about healthcare, about education, about the politics and policies that affect their everyday lives,” Williams said in a statement.
“Communication is at the core of public service and good government, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to bring my years of experience to the campaign trail and to Annapolis.”
Baron praises Williams’ work in the public sector, executive positions and as a health care advocate which included serving as vice president of advancement for the Maryland University of Integrative Health located in Laurel.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Natalie join the campaign,” Baron said in a statement. “She’s had an incredible career in public service…She will make a terrific partner on the campaign trail and an excellent lieutenant governor. I can’t wait for the voters of Maryland to get to know her better.”