Candidates for Baltimore County Executive make their case at Catonsville forum

The two candidates for Baltimore County Executive, Democrat John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. and Republican Alfred “Al” Redmer Jr. squared off in front of about 100 people at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Monday night. The candidates discussed topics from school construction to mitigating climate change. Because the forum was sponsored by the UMBC Student Government Association, the Greater Arbutus Business Association and the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, several questions dealt with topics specific to the southwestern part of Baltimore County. (Catonsville)

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National Republican group targets 15 Democrats running for Maryland House of Delegates

A national Republican group just poured nearly $90,000 into mailing flyers that oppose more than a dozen Democrats running for the General Assembly. The mailers were sent the same day the Washington-based Republican State Leadership Committee formed as an independent expenditure committee in Maryland, according to documents filed with the State Board of Elections. (Balt. Sun)

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Candidates for Frederick County executive differ on how to help most vulnerable

County executive candidates offered different ideas about how to help some of the area’s most vulnerable families at a forum on Monday night. Incumbent Jan Gardner (D) spoke about the need to expand social services and Earl Robbins (independent) stated his support for more public-private partnerships at the forum organized by the United Way of Frederick County and the League of Women Voters. (News-Post)

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Frederick County Council at-large candidates talk opioid crisis, detox center proposal

Across party lines, all five candidates running for two Frederick County Council at-large seats agree that opioid abuse is a major issue countywide. Their opinions differ somewhat on how to best address the problem, however. In late September, County Executive Jan Gardner (D) and Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R) announced a collaborative, bipartisan proposal to open a drug detoxification center in a portion of the county’s work release center on Marcies Choice Road. (News-Post)

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Meet the one person in Maryland with the temerity to challenge Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) is Public Enemy No. 1 to many establishment Democrats who tally his various apostasies – chief among them cozying up to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). But after furiously trying to recruit a candidate to run against him in the Democratic primary, party leaders came up empty handed – not even a token Democrat jumped into the race. Republicans believe Hogan has very strong coattails – witness political newcomer Craig Wolf's relative strength in public polling against Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D). But GOP leaders declined to recruit someone to run against Franchot, content to give a free pass to the Democrat who most helps provide Hogan his patina of bipartisanship. Anjali Reed Phukan was not afraid to toss her hat in the ring – and more than many politicians, she's inclined to wear one. (Md. Matters)

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Red, Blue or … Green? Meet Western Maryland's emerging opposition party

The Green Party has been around for a while. But for the first time this year, the environmentally mindful party is fielding nearly a full local slate of local candidates for the Maryland General Assembly. “It’s the largest slate of Green Party candidates we’ve ever had,” said Andrew Barnhart, who's running for House of Delegates in legislative District 2A. As of Sept. 30, the last date for which numbers were available, there were 250 registered Green Party voters in Washington County. (Herald-Mail)

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In Senate district with tightest race in 2014, another close contest

Internal polling suggests that the tightest Maryland Senate district in 2014 is likely to be tight again. This time around the race to represent District 3 is fueled by a blue wave battling popular Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.'s coattails in Frederick County, which is growing increasingly purple. Republicans are hoping businessman Craig Giangrande, a first-time candidate, can capitalize on "Young fatigue" and a healthy fundraising account to win the seat and help shift the Maryland Senate from a veto-overriding Democratic supermajority. (Md. Matters)

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October 15 // T.J. Smith for Baltimore mayor? Ex-Police Commissioner Kevin Davis calls for spokesman to run

Citing a need for new leadership, former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis called for T.J. Smith, the department’s plainspoken chief spokesman who resigned last week, to run for mayor in 2020. The former commissioner compared the spokesman, who he hired from the Anne Arundel County Police Department in 2015, to Erricka Bridgeford, the charismatic co-founder of Baltimore Ceasefire. Davis called each of them a “shining light” for the city. “I was probably one of the first to say it out loud, but a lot of thoughtful people are encouraging T.J. to consider it,” Davis said afterward. (Balt. Sun)

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