By William Tauro
This past Thursday night, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone hosted a fundraiser for presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.
The event took place at the River Bar Restaurant that’s located at Assembly Row in Somerville.
Martin Joseph O’Malley (born January 18, 1963) was the 61st Governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015, and is running for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Prior to being elected as Governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007 and was a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999.
O’Malley served as the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013, while serving as governor of Maryland. Following his departure from public office in early 2015, he was appointed to the Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School as a visiting professor focusing on government, business, and urban issues.
As Governor, in 2011, he signed a law that would make illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children eligible for in-state college tuition, and in 2012, he signed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Each law was put to a voter referendum in the 2012 general election and upheld by a majority of the voting public.
O’Malley publicly announced his candidacy in the 2016 presidential election on May 30, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, and filed his candidacy form seeking the Democratic Party nomination with the Federal Election Commission on May 29, 2015.