New circuit administrative judges appointed

Two new circuit administrative judges were appointed to oversee the day-to-day court functions in the city, Baltimore and Harford counties. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox was appointed to the Third Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore and Harford counties, and Baltimore City Circuit Judge W. Michel Pierson was appointed to the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore City. (Balt. Sun)

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Meet the candidate: Karen Young for mayor

The Frederick News-Post invited candidates in this year’s Frederick mayor and Board of Aldermen election to give their thoughts on some of the city’s issues. We will publish their responses over the next few weeks leading up to the Sept. 10 primary election. Current Alderwoman Karen Young is a Democratic candidate for mayor. (News-Post)

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Frederick mayoral candidates talk transportation

The City of Frederick primaries are over, and Republican incumbent Mayor Randy McClement and Democratic candidate Karen Young have secured the mayoral nomination for their parties. Former mayor Jennifer Dougherty will be in the race as an unaffiliated candidate. (News-Post)

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Zokle seeks District 20 delegate seat

Silver Spring attorney George Zokle has always thought about running for office and while he said there is never a perfect time to run, his time is now. Zokle, 34, is seeking one of three seats in the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 20. (Gazette)

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Activists: Democratic, Republican challenges could boost Annapolis primary turnout

When candidates say every vote counts, they mean it as inspirational commentary on Democracy. In Annapolis politics, the expression can be a depressing reminder of how few people vote. In Annapolis' 2009 Democratic primary, the margin between the winner, Zina Pierre, and the runner up, Josh Cohen, was 127 votes. (Capital)

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Race for new Anne Arundel district begins

A former Anne Arundel County school board president this week kicked off the race for the county's newest legislative seat. Edward “Ned” Carey, a Democrat from Brooklyn Park, announced his candidacy for the House of Delegates in District 31A. (Capital)

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Longtime downtown activist, political newcomer face off in Ward 1 race

The Democratic primary in Ward 1 pits a longtime downtown activist against a relative political newcomer. Incumbent Joe Budge, former president of the Ward One Residents Association, is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in May. His primary challenger is Gregory Thomas McCarthy, a state employee who also sought the seat vacated by former Ward 1 alderman Richard Israel earlier this year. (Capital)

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Inside City Hall: The art of streamlining staff by adding to it

In her 10-year plan to reform municipal government, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls for the following: “Overall, streamline the number of full-time city positions by at least 10% over the plan period.” That translates into a yearly 1% reduction of the 14,500-strong workforce between now and 2022 – a distinctly unambitious goal given that retirements alone account for way more than a 1% turnover in most city agencies. (Brew)

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