Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was in Bethesda on Wednesday to talk about an issue that is near and dear to his heart.

Jealous arrived at the National Speech Language Therapy Center for a round table discussion with kids dealing with stutters and speech impediments.

He was joined by speech therapists and spoke about his own stutter and issues with bullying.

Jealous reminded the kids about others who’ve worked through speech issues including former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I’ve had people try to bully me about my stutter in politics in 2016 on national television,” said Jealous. But it was lessons that I learned on the playground and what my grandma always taught me which is that when somebody is trying to bully you it is more about them than about you.”

According to the Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders, approximately 7 million people in the U.S have some type of speech or voice disorder.