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County Council candidates debate at Leisure World forum

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SILVER SPRING — Fourteen of the 33 Democrats hoping to come through the June 26 primary with a shot at the four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council had yet another chance to break out from the pack Thursday during yet another candidate forum held at Leisure World, as candidates weighed on issues ranging from the County’s liquor control policy to affordable childcare using a rapid-fire format that kept them on their toes thanks to limited time for answers in order to accommodate all candidates running.

Sports talk radio producer and host Steve Solomon – who bills himself as a “tell-it-like-it-is” political outsider who can fix the “little things” – said he was offering honesty in lieu of government experience as his campaign pledge.

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Women’s issues dominate latest County Executive Forum

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County Exec Forum Mar 22 2018County Executive Candidates square off in forum at the Silver Spring Civic Center PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV

SILVER SPRING — With three months to go before the June 26 primary, the six candidates had another chance in front of a crowd of 300 people at the Silver Spring Civic Center to clarify why they should replace the term-limited County Executive Isiah Leggett as the occupant of the highest office in Montgomery County.

Former Rockville mayor Rose Krasnow, local businessman David Blair, Del. Bill Frick, County Council members Roger Berliner, George Leventhal and Marc Elrich each made his or her case.

Krasnow explained why voters should choose her for County Executive

“I have a track record of getting things done,” said Krasnow – the only woman in the race – in response to a question from Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. “I do have governmental executive experience … and I learned when I went from being on the City Council of Rockville to mayor that it is very different being in that executive position.”

While there wasn’t much daylight between the candidates on most issues at the forum, which was hosted by the Women’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County, some indicated they had disagreements on some financial matters and on reforming the County’s liquor retail monopoly.

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Meiklejohn runs for re-election

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Barbara MeiklejohnClerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn. COURTESY PHOTOClerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn hopes voters will grant her a second term to work on some unfinished business.

“There’s things that haven’t been finished yet…I’d like to have a part in making sure they get completed,” she said.

Meiklejohn, 61, who won her first term in 2014 – but has worked in county courts since 1975 – is building her campaign around Maryland’s electronic court filing system.

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County Executive candidates square off again

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SILVER SPRING — If any of the 300 spectators who arrived at the Northwood High School gymnasium for Sunday’s County Executive candidate forum hoped one of the candidates in attendance would distinguish themselves from the crowded field, they probably left the three-hour event disappointed. 

Seven candidates are vying to replace Democrat Isiah Leggett as County Executive, who became term-limited in 2016 after voters approved a ballot initiative championed by attorney, activist and perennial candidate Robin Ficker, the sole Republican in this year’s race.

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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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Candidates make their case against Hogan

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NORTH BETHESDA – The eight Democratic candidates vying to replace Gov. Larry Hogan (R) got a chance on Thursday to “schmooze” with local politicians and in a limited rapid-fire format, make the case to voters that each of them should be the choice to replace a Republican governor in an election that pundits will surely see as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

The already-crowded Democratic field includes Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous, State Senator Richard Madaleno, former State Department advisor and entrepreneur Alec Ross, former Michelle Obama policy director Krishanti Vignarajah, consultant Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and attorney James Shea, took to the stage in a gubernatorial forum hosted by Maryland Matters. The forum served as an opportunity for candidates to take turns teeing off on the current governor, as each tried to demonstrate why County resident should opt for someone else in 2018. 

Moderator Josh Kurtz from Maryland Matters said Hogan was invited, but decline the invitation to join.

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Matthews roasted for charity

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Kathleen Matthews HeadshotKathleen Matthews.                         FILE PHOTO  NORTH BETHESDA – A little more than a year ago, former ABC 7 news anchor and Marriott executive Kathleen Matthews conceded the most expensive House of Representatives election in the County.

One year after winning the Democratic Primary and five months after being sworn into Congress, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D- 8) finally got his chance to rub in his victory over Matthews –albeit for charity.

“The returns came early from Frederick and Carroll counties where our friend David Trone was trouncing us both.” Raskin said. “And we were on the edges of our seats. I could not wait for the votes to come in from Silver Spring and Takoma Park, she could not wait for the votes to come in from Georgetown and Nantucket.”

On May 11, Matthews’ friends, family members and even political rivals roasted her to raise money for the Jubilee Foundation, a non-profit that helps care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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Former President Clinton on the stump in Leisure World for Hillary

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bill-clintonSILVER SPRING -- Former President Bill Clinton told Leisure World residents Wednesday they should vote for his wife Hillary Clinton in the April 26 Democratic presidential primary because "she is the best change-maker" he has ever known.

Clinton also answered a question after his speech about how a would-be Hillary Clinton administration would handle the problems with the capital Metro system.

"Well, her infrastructure program sets aside a significant amount for mass transit," he said, adding that Metro workers are "often over-worked."

During his speech in the senior living development, Clinton focused on health care and education.

He made the case that Hillary Clinton's proposals would be both progressive and have a chance of passing Congress.

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