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The Jones family with hats

The Jones family of Hyattsville, Md., (from left): daughter Jennifer Jones, father Thomas L. Jones and mother Helena Jones show off their self-made hats outside the Baltimore Convention Center.

Each member of the family has a connection to education. Thomas Jones is a retired principal from the D.C. Public School system, Helena is a second grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Prince George's County and Jennifer is a substitute teacher in Prince George's.

But Thomas Jones says he was attracted to the campaign because of the governor's stance on the environment. “The bay is experiencing a lot of pollution," he said.

He said the campaign asked him to place posters outside of his home, and he did. As a result of his help with the posters, Mr. Jones and his family were invited to attend both the swearing in and the evening celebration, he said.

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 Published Jan. 18, 2007.

Photos and text by Diego Mantilla (reporting from Greenbelt and Annapolis) and Hortense Barber (reporting from Baltimore).

Copyright 2007 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Banner graphic by Hortense Barber; Maryland flag courtesy of ITA's Flags of All Countries. Martin O'Malley and Anthony Brown headshots courtesy the Maryland State Archives.

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