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Primary election coverage: Clerk of the Circuit Court

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SEABROOK – During the upcoming June primary election, voters will have the opportunity to choose the next clerk of the circuit court for Prince George’s County. The clerk of the circuit court is a state official whose responsibilities include record-keeping, maintaining relevant books and papers, providing copies of legal documents and issuing writs.

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Local officials and residents honor veterans

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Cross1BLADENSBURG – On Memorial Day, the American Legion Post #131 (Colmar Manor) joined local politicians and county residents in Bladensburg to honor local veterans. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, known locally as the Peace Cross, but moved to the Bladensburg town hall due to inclement weather.

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State Senate candidates talk legislation at forum

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LANDOVER – Eight of the candidates for Maryland State Senate for Legislative Districts 23, 24 and 25 discussed current and potential state legislation and their impact on the county during a forum on May 24 at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Congregant and sports broadcaster Lou Holder moderated the discussion. The church’s Civic Engagement Ministry developed the questions posed to the candidates. Each candidate answered two questions.

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County council approves historic $4 billion budget

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UPPER MARLBORO – For the first time, the Prince George’s County Council passed a budget that surpasses $4 billion. The total approved budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 is $4.09 billion, an increase of $215 million, or 5.5 percent, more than the FY 2018 budget.

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Hometown Heroes: Mike and Kathleen Dugan

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HH courtesy photo 02LAUREL – The day before the gala, the Dugan’s home was full of their children and grandchildren popping in and out the door. The next night’s gala was for the 20th anniversary of Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), which the couple Mike and Kathleen Dugan founded to support families who, like themselves, adopted children.

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Town councilman arrested for burglary

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BLADENSBURG – Bladensburg town councilmember Selwyn Bridgeman was arrested on May 12 on burglary charges. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Bridgeman, 41, allegedly tried to visit an acquaintance in an apartment complex in Fairfax, Virginia, in late January. However, he approached the wrong residence. After his acquaintance did not open the door, Bridgeman entered through an unlocked entrance.

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Primary election coverage: District 9 candidates

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SEABROOK – The county is about a month out from the June primaries. As all of the candidates running for the county council District 9 seat are registered Democrats, this primary will likely determine the next councilmember for that area. This year’s candidates are Orlando Barnes, Tanya Brooks, Tamara Davis Brown, Kevin Harris, Sydney Harrison, Daren Hester, Jeffrey Rascoe and Rodney Taylor. Sherman Hardy withdrew from the race in December.

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