Gaithersburg mayor and council will run unopposed

Gaithersburg voters won’t have any choices to make when they cast their ballots for the city council elections Nov. 5. All petitions and applications to become candidates were required to be filed by Sept. 20, and since no new applicants have entered the race, the mayor and council members will run unopposed. (Gazette)

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Incumbent delegates, senator file for re-election

The number of local incumbents filing for re-election in 2014 continues to grow, with Delegates Wendell Beitzel and Kevin Kelly hoping to retain their posts. Kelly, a conservative Democrat, represents District 1B, and Beitzel, a Republican, District 1A in the General Assembly. Kelly’s district includes much of the city of Cumberland and Rocky Gap, while Beitzel’s includes all of Garrett County and part of western Allegany County. Kelly filed on Sept. 3, Beitzel on Aug. 27. Incumbent Republican state Sen. George Edwards filed Sept. 12. (Times-News)

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New hopeful throws hat in Democratic primary race

A second candidate has filed in the 1st Congressional District’s Democratic primary. Retired lawyer and Yale graduate Bill Tilghman filed with the state Board of Elections, joining Chestertown, Md., physician Dr. John LaFerla. (Daily Times)

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Ulman to swap roles with county farmer as part of Farm-City event

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled  to trade places with a local farmer Tuesday, Sept. 24 as part of the 10th annual Farm-City Celebration, which began Saturday and runs through Oct. 6. Ulman will go to TLV Tree Farm in Glenelg to help run the farming operation of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, produce, pumpkins and Christmas trees. (Patuxent)

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Sept. 23 // Fiscal study of cities praises Baltimore's 'resiliency'

A George Mason University study of six cities in "fiscal distress" has concluded that Baltimore is demonstrating "resiliency" and is on "reasonably solid financial footing." The report, which comes after Detroit's municipal bankruptcy, analyzed the finances of the Motor City and five others: Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., and San Bernardino, Calif. The academics looked at measures such as bond ratings, debt levels and cash flow, determining that Baltimore — which has embarked on a 10-year financial overhaul — was in the best fiscal condition of the cities studied. (Balt. Sun)

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Of procurement and politics: Harris criticism of bio-defense firm could help donor

Rep. Andy Harris has become a vocal critic of a division of Pfizer pharmaceutical company at a time when one of his campaign contributors hopes to make inroads into the drug giant’s market. The 1st Congressional District Republican says the Pfizer subsidiary, Meridian Medical Technologies of Columbia, Md., has “put our national security preparedness in question” because of manufacturing issues with one of its nerve-agent antidotes. Harris has pledged to seek answers from Meridian and government agencies about those manufacturing issues. He made his comments following a June 25 fundraiser hosted by lobbyists for Emergent BioSolutions Inc., a Rockville-based pharmaceutical company looking to expand its presence in the biodefense field. (Daily Times)

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Mikulski says she’s ‘ready to get into it’ to help elect Anthony Brown as Maryland governor

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) announced Sunday that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) is “my choice” to be Maryland’s next governor, saying she felt strongly enough about it to get involved in a Democratic primary, which is unusual for her. (Wash. Post)

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Leopold attorney argues former county exec should be allowed to run for office

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold should be allowed to run for public office while on probation, an attorney for Leopold wrote in a brief filed in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. “The court lacked the authority to ban Leopold from running for public office,” lawyer Bruce Marcus wrote in the brief, in which he asked for a hearing on this and other matters. “This condition of Leopold’s sentence must be stricken.” (Capital)

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