Former Salisbury mayor Ireton announces plans to run for clerk of court

Jim Ireton, an outspoken and sometimes controversial member of the Salisbury City Council and a former mayor, announced Thursday his plan to run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County. Ireton, a Democrat, made his announcement for the 2018 election on the steps of the Government Office Building and later joined his supporters across the street at The Brick Room. "This evening's announcement is about service," he said. "In my family, in my group of friends, the people I work with every day, we value service to others," he said. "It is in that vein, that desire to serve the public that I announce tonight that I will be a candidate for Wicomico County clerk of the circuit court." (Daily Times)

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There's a new group in town

 

A new group in town is focused on grassroots, shoe-leather Republican Party advocacy. Greater Frederick Republican Women was chartered in June by the National Federation of Republican Women. “We like to say that we don’t have ‘boots on the ground,’ but ‘stilettos on the ground,’” Natalie Abbas, one of the organization’s vice presidents, said this week. The group — which includes 31 full and associate members as of Thursday — has held a few community service activities in the last few months, but is holding their first large event this coming week. (News-Post)

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P.G. County official indicted on bribery charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Prince George's County liquor board official on charges related to a bribery conspiracy. The indictment of Anuj Sud was announced Wednesday by the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. The indictment alleges Sud solicited and accepted bribes in the performance of his official duties. Court documents allege Sud solicited bribes from a lobbyist in exchange for Sud's assistance in September 2015. Prosecutors say after that, Sud and the lobbyist discussed Sud voting favorably in two upcoming hearings concerning the lobbyist's clients for money. (WMAR-AP)

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Democratic candidates for alderman address city issues at first public forum

On topics from bulk trash pickup in the city of Frederick to an archaeological dig at the former Birely Tannery site, Democratic candidates for alderman gave a wide range of responses to questions at a public forum Thursday. The forum was the first time all Democratic candidates running for the board — Todd Anderson, Jeannette Bartelt, Antonio Bowens, Kris Fair, Donna Kuzemchak, Ben MacShane, Kelly Russell, Derek Shackelford, Kim L. Williams and Roger Wilson — came together on a public stage since the ballot became official at the end of July. (News-Post)

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August 10 // Newly announced gubernatorial candidate voted in D.C. multiple times while registered in Maryland

Krishanti Vignarajah, who announced Wednesday she plans to run for Maryland governor, has voted four times in Washington, D.C., while also a registered voter in Maryland, records show. Vignarajah, 37, an attorney, first registered to vote in Maryland in 2006 at an address in Catonsville. However, she didn’t vote in the state until the 2016 general election, according to her Maryland voting history, which Bethesda Beat obtained. (Bethesda)

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Sara Love to run for District 16 delegate seat

Sara Love is the first candidate to formally announce her candidacy for the District 16 delegate seat that's open as Del. Bill Frick (D-Bethesda) runs for Congress. Love, a Bethesda resident and attorney, formerly served as the general counsel for NARAL Pro-Choice America and more recently as the public policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland—a position she left in September. (Bethesda)

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Pugh calls on businesses, community to help with crime reduction plan

Mayor Catherine Pugh unveiled sweeping updates to her crime-fighting strategy Wednesday amid criticism that that her input during a crime-infested year in Baltimore has been too slow to surface. The mayor released a violence reduction plan that called on businesses to hire more youth during the summer and she made a promise to upgrade technology for police officers to help in crime fighting strategies. She also urged community members to become involved. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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College Park postpones decision on allowing noncitizens to vote

The city of College Park, the Washington suburb that is home to the University of Maryland’s flagship campus, postponed a vote Tuesday on whether to extend municipal voting rights to noncitizens while it weighs whether to hold a referendum and let voters decide. The City Council had been expected to vote on whether noncitizens would be allowed to participate in the city’s November election but opted to wait until its Sept. 12 meeting to decide. (Wash. Post)

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