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November 29, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Education Can Help Fight Gang Violence, Turnbull Says

Susan Turnbull, whom Ben Jealous announced Wednesday as his running mate, said that part of the solution to gang violence and Baltimore crime rests in providing more education. “I think part of it is moving from incarceration to education, giving people educational opportunity,” said Turnbull, in an interview with MyMCMedia. “If you have no place […]

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November 29, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Jealous Selects Turnbull as Running Mate

Ben Jealous, who seeks to be Maryland’s first African-American governor, tapped Susan Turnbull of Bethesda to be his running mate in the 2018 Democratic primary. Turnbull has played roles in behind-the-scenes politics at both the state and national levels. Her 40-year career has included stints with nonprofits, businesses and on Capitol Hill. “I’m honored to […]

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November 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

State Seeks To Dismiss Vignarajah’s Suit Asserting Eligibility for Governor

Attorneys for the Maryland State Board of Elections have asked an Anne Arundel County judge to dismiss a claim, brought by a Montgomery County resident, that she is eligible to run for governor. Krishanti Vignarajah of Gaithersburg had filed suit asking the court to declare her eligible for the election because of comments made by […]

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November 21, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Maryland Matters: Hurson Seeking At-Large Seat on Montgomery County Council

  The Maryland Matters blog has a report today that former delegate John Hurson will be seeking an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council. “I have felt for a long time that county government is something I wanted to do, mainly because it’s so close to the people in their everyday lives, much more […]

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November 17, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Former Takoma Park Councilmember Enters Council’s At-Large Race (Video)

A former Takoma Park city councilmember has entered the race for an at-large position on the Montgomery County Council. Seth Grimes, a 58-year-old Democrat, filed his candidacy Friday morning at the Montgomery County Board of Elections offices in Gaithersburg. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us in terms of sensible growth policy, education, […]

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November 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Elrich Draws Flak Over ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Comment

County Councilmember Marc Elrich was taken to task Wednesday for his choice of words — “ethnic cleansing” — to describe how the 16-mile Purple Line would displace neighborhoods along its route. “Words matter. To equate potential gentrification with ethnic cleansing is offensive. Period,” County Council President Roger Berliner said. Elrich and Berliner were among the […]

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November 15, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Former Obama Staffer Enters Race for County Council At-Large

When Ashwani Jain was fighting for his life as a teenager, he didn’t realize how it would influence his career in politics. He was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that starts in the white blood cells, and didn’t think he would make it. “I felt like I was […]

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November 15, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Sheila Hixson Announces She Won’t Seek Re-Election

Sheila Hixon, the 43-year member of the House of Delegates, announced Tuesday night she would not be seeking re-election in the 2018 races. The politics blog Maryland Matters said Hixson announced her decision at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park campus. From the blog, written by Josh Kurtz: Hixson, 84, who represents a Silver Spring-Takoma Park district, […]

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November 15, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

District 1 Candidates Square Off in Forum

Eight Democrats tried to differentiate themselves Tuesday night in a forum for District 1 candidates at Somerset Elementary School. Questions covered the gamut of issues that would face Montgomery County Council members. Issues like: School overcrowding: “We need to address it as a crisis and make school capacity and school construction a priority in our […]

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November 14, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Health Care Entrepreneur Enters County Executive Race

Another name has entered the 2018 race for Montgomery County executive. David Blair, 48, of Potomac has said he plans to run in the Democratic primary. Blair calls himself a progressive Democrat supporting affordable and accessible health care. His website, blairformontgomery.com, focuses on taking the county to “the next level.” On his website, Blair says […]

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