Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and 2016 candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, will visit Walla Walla on Saturday for a local party fundraiser.

O’Malley will speak at a 10 a.m. at Courtyard Marriott, 550 W. Rose St., supporting the 16th Legislative District Democrats, according to a release from that group.

O’Malley served two terms as mayor of Baltimore from 1999-2007, followed by two terms as governor of Maryland from 2007-2015. He ran against Hillary Clinton, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb and law professor Lawrence Lessig in the 2016 Democratic primaries.

O’Malley ran as an advocate of financial regulations, a $15 minimum wage, immigration reform, gun control and a constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens’ right to vote. He eventually suspended his campaign after a poor performance in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus and endorsed Clinton in June after she became the presumptive nominee.

“We are thrilled to have someone of the stature of Governor O’Malley visiting our district.” Richard Evans, Democratic Party chairman of the state’s 16th Legislative District, said in the release.

 “It’s important for the growing number of people who identify with the Democratic Party and progressive politics in our region to know that their voices matter a great deal to the future of our area, our state, and our country,” he said. “Hearing from Governor O’Malley will drive that home.”

Ticket to his Walla Walla speech cost $25.

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