Russell hopes to continue tenure on Board of Aldermen with run for re-election

 

From helping to draft better legislation to fixing neighborhood issues, Democratic Alderwoman Kelly Russell said she has plenty left to do as an elected city official. The 58-year-old retired Frederick police officer is running for a third consecutive term on the Board of Aldermen. She earned the second-highest number of votes in the Democratic primary, just one vote less than fellow Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak. Russell said her experience in public service and city government and her approach to the issues make her the best candidate for the job. (News-Post)

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October 18 // N.J. Sen. Cory Booker endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland governor

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, has endorsed former NAACP head Ben Jealous’s campaign to be Maryland’s next governor, Jealous aides announced. Booker and Jealous will campaign together at an event in Prince George’s County Thursday afternoon. Jealous has scooped up several endorsements from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, including the support of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, for whom Jealous worked as a surrogate during the 2016 presidential primary. (Balt. Sun)

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Federal appeals court sides with Marilyn Mosby over right to fire employees for political reasons

A federal appeals court has sided with Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in case over a politically charged firing, agreeing with the lower court that prosecutors are policymakers exempt from First Amendment political protections. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that “to hold otherwise would undermine the public mandate bestowed upon the victor of a hard-fought election and would needlessly interfere with a state official’s managerial prerogative.” (Balt. Sun)

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Glassman to seek second term as Harford County Executive

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman on Tuesday announced, as expected, that he will seek a second four-year term. “I am proud of the amazing story that we have to tell,” Glassman told the crowd gathered for his annual business breakfast fundraiser at Level Volunteer Fire Company. “It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already and hard to believe I’m returning today to announce officially that indeed I am filing for re-election as Harford County executive for four more years.” (Aegis)

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Lawmakers seek clarity on asbestos cases stacked up in Baltimore courts

Maryland state lawmakers, concerned about a years-long backlog of asbestos cases lingering in Baltimore City courts, sought clarity Tuesday from attorneys who represent those sickened by the insulating material and lawyers who represent industry. But the sides could not agree on the number of people awaiting their day in court — or even whether there is a backlog at all. “One side says there are thousands of cases ready for trial and one side says there are zero,” said state Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, the Baltimore County Democrat who chairs the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “Both can’t be true.” (Balt. Sun)

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Pantelides, Buckley raised tens of thousands after primary wins in Annapolis

The race to be Annapolis’ next mayor is blowing past the fundraising pace set four years ago, with both candidates pulling in tens of thousands of dollars in the weeks after their primary victories. Republican Mayor Mike Pantelides raised $43,310 between Sept. 11 and Oct. 8, according to campaign finance reports released Monday. That puts him far ahead of his fundraising efforts in 2013, when he raised only $7,491 during the same reporting period. Democratic challenger Gavin Buckley, meanwhile, raised $35,549.07, more than doubling the $14,110.00 incumbent Mayor Joshua Cohen reported in the last election. (Capital)

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Power wants to change path of city with run for alderman

 

Nate Power is concerned about the direction the city of Frederick is going and wants to change its path from the City Hall dais. The 65-year-old military contractor is a Republican candidate for the Board of Aldermen. He was one of four party candidates who filed on the last day of the filing period in July and, like all of the Republican candidates, avoided a primary and went straight on to the general election. When asked why he is the best candidate for the job, Power noted his desire to make the city a better place. (News-Post)

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A downtown Ferris wheel divides the Annapolis mayoral candidates

The race to become the next mayor of Annapolis has taken both candidates for a ride. Mayor Mike Pantelides’ campaign this week launched a web page and video and distributed a mailer condemning Democratic challenger Gavin Buckley’s pitch to install a Ferris wheel downtown. Yes. A Ferris wheel. On an episode of the Maryland Crabs podcast, Buckley joked with hosts Tim Hamilton and John Frenaye about adding a Ferris wheel to the Annapolis landscape. The proposition seemed like a one-off, but Buckley returned to the idea later in the episode. “We’re not doing enough to get families downtown,” he said. (Capital)

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