This week saw the inaugurations of two new young Democratic Governors in the Northeast-Mid Atlantic area, and both represent great hopes for the future.
In Maryland, a state which has advanced in the areas of race and gender more than most states, we saw the inauguration of an African American governor, Wes Moore, formerly head of the Robin Hood Foundation, a Rhodes Scholar, and serving in the war in Afghanistan. He is only the third African American governor in US History, and is very inspiring and charismatic at age 44.
And in Pennsylvania, we saw former state Attorney General, and newly inaugurated Governor Josh Shapiro, who is equally inspiring, and is seen by some as the first Jewish President in the future, take over leadership of a crucial state in the Electoral College past, present, and future. He is 49 years old and offers great potential in the future beyond the governorship.
So while there is so much cynicism and negativism about American politics among many Americans, there is indeed a sense of hope for the future!
In the midst of an election year where there is some fear and trepidation for the Democratic Party, the state of Maryland is a complete alternative.
Maryland is on the way to electing the third African American governor in American history, Wes Moore, who is far ahead of his Republican opponent, Dan Cox.
Moore defeated former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez for the nomination, a surprise to many observers.
Only Douglas Wilder in Virginia in 1989 and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts in 2006 have succeeded as African American gubernatorial candidates before Wes Moore.
Wes Moore has had an interesting career, with military service for eight years in the US Army, including service in Afghanistan and the 82nd Airborne Division, and graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
Moore worked in several government positions; became an investment banker; founded a television production company; and then was CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization to help alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York City. He is the author of several books, and is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party.
Some observers think he is someone to watch for national office at some point in the future.