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Jon Baron, Democratic primary candidate for Maryland Governor

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Jon Baron, a Washington, DC, native and former VP of the evidence-based policy group, Arnold Ventures, is one of ten Democratic primary candidates for Maryland Governor. His running mate is Natalie Williams, senior director of communications and public affairs at the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. (photo courtesy Jon Baron for Maryland)

Today on Midday, it’s another installment in our series of Conversations with the Candidates: 2022. Tom's guest is Jon Baron, who is running in the Democratic primary for Maryland Governor.

Mr. Baron has experience in both government and the nonprofit sector. Before running for Governor, he was the Vice President of Evidence Based Policy for Arnold Ventures, which describes itself as a non-partisan philanthropic organization that works in criminal justice, education, health and public finance. Before that, Mr. Baron served as the President of the Coalition for Evidence Based Policy, an organization he founded in 2001. He also served on a Presidential Commission, in various roles at the Department of Defense, and as the lead staffer for the House Committee on Small Business.

Mr. Baron is a graduate of Rice University. He holds a Master’s Degree from Princeton and a Law degree from the Yale Law School. He is 58 years old. He and his wife Jessica have lived in Montgomery County for 24 years. They are the parents of two grown children.

This is Mr. Baron’s first campaign for elective office. He has chosen Natalie Williams, the Senior Director of Public Affairs at the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, as his Lt. Governor running mate.

Jon Baron joins us on our digital line from Bethesda.

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