Rockville candidates face off at first debate

Candidates for the City of Rockville’s Mayor and Council debated issues facing the city at a televised debate Wednesday. (Gazette)

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Friday is filing deadline for Queenstown municipal election

It’s almost election time in Queenstown and the deadline is fast approaching for those interested in running for town commissioner to file. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for town commissioner has until noon on Friday, Oct. 4 to submit the necessary papers. That’s exactly one month before the next town election on Nov. 4. (Star-Democrat)

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Oct. 3 // Prince George's feels sting of shutdown

Prince George’s County businesses and residents say they are feeling the brunt of the federal government shutdown, as about 16 percent of the county’s workforce — about 72,000 residents — are federal employees. “As long as this shutdown continues, it’s going to adversely affect our business community,” said Andre Rogers, chairman of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce. Fourteen federal agencies have offices in Prince George’s, according to a Maryland State Archives website. (Gazette)

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Maryland Democrats spearhead drive for back federal worker pay

The Maryland Democratic delegation took the lead in introducing legislation that would guarantee that federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown would receive their full pay. Introduced in both the Senate and House, the “Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act” would provide pay retroactively to employees furloughed in the government shutdown that started when a budget deal was not reached in Congress. (Brew)

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Griffith to announce bid for Maryland Senate seat held by Currie in Prince George’s district

Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George’s) said Wednesday that she plans to run next year for the Maryland Senate seat currently held by Ulysses Currie, the chamber’s former budget chairman who was censured by his colleagues last year in an ethics case. Griffith, who served for four years as chairwoman of the House delegation from Prince George’s, said the district has a history of sending “strong and talented” senators to Annapolis, including Currie. She also cited Democrats Beatrice B. Tignor and Albert R. Wynn as examples. (Wash. Post)

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Rushern Baker, delegate? Or is that the county executive running for another office?

The son of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who shares his father’s name, announced Wednesday that he plans to run for delegate to the Maryland General Assembly from a mid-county district where he recently moved. “Creativity makes our country so successful,” he said. Noting the nearby arts district that runs along Route 1, Baker said his campaign would aim to target economic development in the area, also a goal of his father’s administration. (Wash. Post)

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Problems with financial statements in Md. towns, auditors find; Hyattsville, Sykesville, Baltimore cited

Some local governments in Maryland are having difficulty preparing adequate financial statements and getting good audit results, state auditors found. The Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) found in its report that five governments failed to obtain audits, and there were 64 instances of defective accountability, either in accounting or auditing. While most deficiencies were not material to the financial statements as a whole, the high number of problems indicates substantial room for improving financial accountability in Maryland’s counties, cities and towns. (Md. Reporter)

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Hershey sworn in as 36th District senator

Saying this is “a great moment for the Eastern Shore,” Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-27, Prince George’s and Calvert, administered the oath of office to Stephen S. Hershey Jr., the new senator from the 36th District. The ceremony took place at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Senate Chamber in the State House as dozens of Hershey’s relatives and friends looked on.  (Star Dem.)

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