John Sarbanes adds his name to those backing Brown’s bid for Md. governor

Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) on Monday became the latest Democratic officeholder to endorse the 2014 gubernatorial bid of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), whom he called “a proven and resourceful leader.” The backing of Sarbanes, whose district includes mostly Baltimore-area counties, was announced a day before Brown’s chief rival, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), plans to formally kick off his campaign in Rockville. (Wash. Post)

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AG candidates seek labor support

Overshadowed by the increasingly active campaign for governor, the four Democrats running to succeed Douglas F. Gansler at attorney general got their moment of attention Monday as they appeared before construction union members to seek labor support. The Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council hosted a forum for the candidates as they gathered at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. Support of the building trades would be an important step toward gaining the endorsement of the state AFL-CIO, an important advantage in a Democratic primary. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s makes a pitch at Congressional Black Caucus weekend

Prince George’s County, which is trying to position itself as the next big thing in the Washington region, took its road show to the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus this past weekend, holding a meet-and-greet reception that drew about 300 guests from around the country. (Wash. Post)

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Leopold seeks reversal of conviction, clearance to run for office

Attorneys for former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold are arguing in court documents his convictions on vague charges should be overturned and that the judge had no authority to bar him from running for office. In a brief filed this month with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Leopold's attorneys are appealing the sentence handed down by retired Judge Dennis Sweeney, who heard the case in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. (Balt. Sun)

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Elrich still plans to introduce minimum wage bill

Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said he still plans to introduce a bill that would raise the county’s minumum wage to $12 an hour, although he won’t be doing it Tuesday, as originally planned. Instead, the bill could be introduced as early as next week, Elrich said. (Gazette)

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Cardin names Kimberly Kratovil as Shore liaison

Sen. Ben Cardin has named Kimberly Kratovil as his Eastern Shore representative. She will replace Lee Whaley, who spent seven years with Cardin and 15 years with former senator Paul Sarbanes, working with constituents throughout the Eastern Shore. (Daily Times)

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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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