Daily Times Editorial Board endorses Sheree Sample-Hughes in Maryland House District 37A

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes began her career as an elected official on the Wicomico County Council in 2006. When Del. Rudolph Cane retired from his District 37A seat in 2014, Sample-Hughes was elected to replace him. Since then, Sample-Hughes has served in the House of Delegates, serving on a variety of House committees, including the Public Health and Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee. She has been a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, serving since 2016 as its secretary. (Daily Times)

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Daily Times Editorial Board endorses Chris Adams, Johnny Mautz in District 37B

Maryland's District 37B is a sprawling district represented by two seats in the House of Delegates. Incumbent Delegates Johnny Mautz and Chris Adams, both Republicans, represent residents in portions of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico counties. Dan O'Hare is their Democratic challenger.  Mautz, an attorney, operates a family business in St. Michael's. Adams, a Wicomico resident, owns and operates a small business in Salisbury. O'Hare is currently a Realtor, independent filmmaker and documentarian, and former owner or partner in several small businesses. The three candidates are very different in approach and demeanor. (Daily Times)

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Bill Duck: Dan O'Hare offers real solutions

The mid-Shore is currently beset by the opioid crisis and the devastating consequences of addiction on our families. We need a new approach to this problem that goes beyond merely incarcerating those dealing with the disease of addiction, where they cannot get the care they need to ensure long-term sobriety and community health. By approaching the opioid crisis as a mental health issue, Dan O’Hare offers real solutions. (Daily Times)

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Give New Windsor Fair Trash Reduction program a fair shake

In just under three weeks, residents of the Town of New Windsor will, for the first time, put out specially marked bags for trash collection as part of a Fair Trash Reduction pilot program to determine whether such a system could be implemented countywide. The occasion will mark significant progress in what has been a decade-long discussion regarding reducing waste going to the landfill, with a pay-as-you-throw repeatedly bandied about as a possible solution. As the Nov. 1 start date grows closer, however, tensions seemed to rise among county and New Windsor officials, as well as residents who, as one attendee to a recent Town Council work session put it, are the program’s “guinea pigs.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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October 17 // Comptroller Franchot's elastic views on alcohol

In a recent meeting with The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot offered an opinion with which we — and most reasonable observers — would disagree. Responding to a question about alcohol sales, the state’s chief tax collector said that raising taxes on alcohol (as Maryland did by increasing the sales tax on such beverages in 2011) had no impact on consumption despite the resulting price increase. None. Advocates who claim otherwise, he said, are simply mistaken. (Balt. Sun)

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Aimee Harmon-Darrow: If Baltimore schools were properly staffed, police wouldn't feel the need to be armed

Last week, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners held a forum on school police carrying weapons. This issue first erupted in 2015 when the school board requested a bill be introduced changing the current law, from requiring school police to secure their firearms in a lock box when inside school buildings to allowing them to carry their firearms. Three years ago, there was no public discourse on this change, no opportunity for any part of the school community to give input. I testified before the board at the time and organized a petition opposing this bill and the lack of transparency in the decision-making process. (Balt. Sun)

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Tracie Hovermale: Why I'm running for delegate in District 33

Brooks Bennett: Why I'm running for delegate in Anne Arundel's District 31A

Throughout history, people have struggled continuously with chance and choice.  A former prime minister once said, “The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” I believe some of the big hands I’ve played have led me to run for delegate.  I chose to enlist in the Army when the country was at war, to become an elite Airborne Ranger and deploy multiple times.  Since leaving the military and entering the private sector, I have chosen to be active in our community.  (Capital)

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