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Leggett wants a meeting with Jealous before he’ll offer endorsement

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IkeLeggettIke Leggett FILE PHOTOLike some of the state’s Democrats, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has yet to give his endorsement in the gubernatorial race.

Usually in politics, politicians are quick to endorse fellow party members in general election campaigns, but some Democrats around the state have held back on an endorsement, including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

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Gov. Hogan continues to enjoy high approval ratings

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Gov. Larry Hogan at ICC dedicationGov. Larry Hogan (R) at the dedication of ICC in 2017. FILE PHOTOIn progressive Maryland, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, Gov. Larry Hogan currently enjoys a 70-percent approval rating.

He’s politically outnumbered in the House of Delegates, where 90 of the 141 delegates are Democrats. But since taking office on Jan. 15, 2015, as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Hogan has achieved, at least in part, many of his campaign promises, including cutting tolls, regulations and taxes.

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Jealous lays out plan for Maryland as next governor

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Ben Jealous, Democrat candidate for governor.  FILE PHOTOBen Jealous, Democrat candidate for governor. FILE PHOTOThere are three key issues that Ben Jealous wants the residents of Maryland to know he stands for: education, healthcare, and building a better economy.

“Our focus is on fully funding education, making sure that we have a healthcare system that works better for everyone, and building a more robust economy,” Jealous said during a phone interview last Friday.

Jealous, who represents the Democratic candidate nomination for governor, says he is very focused on speaking to the people who support him and to the rest of the people, who are getting to know him for the first time.

“Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed on Larry Hogan’s watch,” said Jealous, “we have the worst economic growth in the region, Hogan is the first governor in decades to lose a Fortune 500 company, and our schools have fallen from first to sixth [in the country] on his watch,” said Jealous. “Also, there is a need for a governor who will actually stand up to Donald Trump!” he said.

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Hogan and Jealous kick off governor’s campaign

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Days after Ben Jealous won the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made one of his latest reelection campaign stops in Gaithersburg for Summerfest.

Hogan has been reluctant to make statements attacking any of his potential Democratic opponents for the November 2018 election until now.

Jealous, who was the former president and CEO of the NAACP, won the Democratic nomination as a progressive, promising to bring a single-payer-style healthcare system to Maryland, to reform the criminal justice system and to make all four-year universities “debt free.”

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Baker loses Democratic primary to Jealous

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COLLEGE PARK — Current Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III lost his bid to become the Democratic nominee for Governor for the state of Maryland to former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous in Maryland Democratic primary on June 26. 

In a six-candidate race, Jealous earned 39.8 percent of the vote while Baker fell to second place, accumulating 29.3 percent. Running on a platform based on his history as county executive, Baker campaigned on improving the minimum wage statewide, increasing jobs and lowering the crime rate.

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Jealous wins Democratic Primary

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Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night.  COURTESY PHOTOMaryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night. COURTESY PHOTO  Former NAACP CEO and President Ben Jealous won the Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Primary and will take on incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan in November’s election.

Jealous, a self-described progressive and grassroots organizer, defeated eight other candidates to win the Democratic Primary.

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Democrats assail Governor Hogan in Sentinel debate

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From left to right, Elizabeth Embry, Krishanti Vignarajah, Ben Jealous, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross and Brandon Scott at the Sentinel Newspapers sponsored Democratic candidate debate Monday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHFrom left to right, Elizabeth Embry, Krishanti Vignarajah, Ben Jealous, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross and Brandon Scott at the Sentinel Newspapers sponsored Democratic candidate debate Monday.         PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — According to State Senator Richard Madaleno, Governor Larry Hogan’s popularity boils down to one thing; “He’s running on my record,” Madaleno said in a Democratic candidate debate sponsored by The Sentinel Newspapers Monday night.

Former NAACP CEO Ben Jealous, Madaleno (D-18), former U.S. State Department official Alec Ross and former Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama Krishanti Vignarajah all participated in the debate. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore businessman Jim Shea sent their running mates, prosecutor Elizabeth Embry and Baltimore City Council member Brandon Scott, respectively.

The debate, like most Democratic primary forums, began and ended with attempts at knocking Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) record on jobs, schools and lack of opposition to President Donald J. Trump.

“This thing you read about that ‘Maryland is open for business’ that is total and complete bullshit,” Ross said.

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Sentinel Sponsors Candidate Debate

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the sentinel newspapers logoDemocratic candidates running for governor will have a chance to make their case to County voters on May 21, less than a month away from the primary, during a Sentinel hosted debate.

The Sentinel will host a Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum May 21 moderated by Sentinel Newspapers Executive Editor Brian J. Karem, at 7 p.m., at the Executive Office Building Auditorium at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville.

State Senator Richard Madaleno, former Senior Adviser at the State Department Alec Ross, activist and former aide to Michelle Obama; Krishanti Vignarajah, and Elizabeth Embry, former Baltimore mayoral candidate and running mate of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and James Jones are all confirmed to attend.

Former President and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous, and civic leader and businessman Jim Shea have been invited, but have yet to confirm they will participate. Candidate Ralph Jaffe, declined an invention citing a schedule conflict with a religious observance.

The event is open to the public and is free. Space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any questions can be sent ahead of time to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Montgomery County Sentinel at (301) 838-0788.

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Gubernatorial candidates talk issues in Takoma Park

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39622882705 9d7f4463a1 kGubernatorial candidates gather in Takoma Park COURTESY PHOTO BY EDWARD M. KIMMEL TAKOMA PARK — Six of the eight Democrats hoping to replace incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made their case to voters Sunday evening at Piney Branch Elementary School, during a candidate forum hosted by Progressive Neighbors.

The candidates in attendance – former NAACP president Ben Jealous, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, State Senator Rich Madaleno, attorney Jim Shea and former Obama administration officials Alec Ross and Krishanti Vignarajah – took questions from a moderator, Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart, as well as County residents, with subjects ranging from immigration, racial equity, housing and economic development to their ability to defeat incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R). Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and perennial candidate Ralph Jaffe did not attend.

While there was little disagreement on policy matters among the candidates, there was an overarching theme for the event, which Madaleno summed up during his opening statement when he declared: “We are trying to bring back smart Democratic governance to the state of Maryland.”

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