Democrats still raking in more than Republicans in Frederick city election

The Democratic candidates running for mayor and Board of Aldermen in Frederick’s upcoming general election outpaced the Republicans once again in fundraising, according to the second round of campaign finance reports released Monday. Democratic Alderman Michael O’Connor, who is seeking to unseat Mayor Randy McClement, once again raised the most money of any of the candidates, raking in a little more than $14,000 since the last report on Aug. 11. “The strategy has not changed,” O’Connor said of campaign team’s fundraising efforts. ‘We are talking to as many people as we can to try and get our message out. ... And we are pleased the community has responded. I hope that works through Nov. 7.” (News-Post)

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Mayor McClement and Democratic challenger O'Connor discuss the city's issues

Republican Mayor Randy McClement and his Democratic challenger, Alderman Michael O’Connor, spent about an hour last week in a joint episode of Frederick Uncut answering questions about downtown blight, the proposed downtown hotel and conference center, the new police headquarters, transportation priorities, and property tax rates. They also explained how they align with their party platforms and summarized their three main goals if elected, or re-elected, to the city’s highest office in November.

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Perrone stepping back from Harford council to focus on career, personal life

It will be one term and done for Harford County Councilman Mike Perrone, at least where 2018 is concerned. After four years of representing the Edgewood and Joppa areas, Perrone plans to re-focus on his accounting career and personal life after his four-year term ends in December 2018. “I knew, going in, that there would be more to serving on the council than going to meetings and voting on legislation,” Perrone, 41, said Monday, while recalling he had wanted to serve only a single term when he campaigned. (Aegis)

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October 9 // Krishanti Vignarajah to seek court ruling on whether she’s eligible to run for governor

Krishanti Vignarajah’s campaign will seek a court order to determine if she’s eligible to run for governor. The campaign issued a press release Friday that says she filed a request in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment to resolve questions surrounding her campaign since she announced plans to run in August. (Bethesda)

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Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez leaves Md. assembly to run for Montgomery council

Fifteen years after being elected the first Latina to the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Montgomery) considered her choices: run for reelection or “see what other options were available.” Gutiérrez, 75, chose Option B, and she is joining the crowded race for the District 1 seat on the Montgomery County Council. Frustrated by the slow pace and conservative nature of politics in Annapolis, Gutiérrez said she wants to fight for immigrant rights and access to education in the place she has called home for nearly her entire life. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan calls for Metro board chairman to resign, accusing him of ‘juvenile outbursts’

The Metro board came under assault from two sides as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called on board Chairman Jack Evans to resign on Friday, a day after former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood urged replacing the 16-member body because of a need for “new blood, new thinking.” Hogan and Evans have been at odds for more than a year over both policy disputes and ­Evans’s outspoken rhetoric, which ­Hogan’s spokeswoman labeled as “juvenile outbursts.” (Wash. Post)

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Paul Ryan touts GOP tax plan during Maryland factory visit

Easing taxes on manufacturers and other businesses is critical to helping America remain competitive in an increasingly global economy, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday during a visit to a century-old manufacturing business on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Small businesses like Dixon Valve & Coupling are key to America's economic growth but are taxed at significantly higher rates than competitors overseas, particularly in China, the Wisconsin Republican said during his latest stop on a tour to promote the GOP's tax reform plan. (AP)

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Schrader, other Maryland health officials appeal contempt finding

Acting Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and five other department officials will appeal a Baltimore judge’s decision to hold them in civil contempt of court over the state’s failure to provide enough psychiatric hospital beds for committed defendants. Christine Tobar, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, said Friday the decision was made this week but the appeal has not yet been filed with the Court of Special Appeals. (Balt. Sun)

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