Brian Griffiths: Here are my recommendations for this year's GOP primaries

t’s almost time for you to vote. It’s important to cast an informed ballot. I encourage you to check out redmaryland.com/2018primary for coverage of the primary election, including hundreds of surveys submitted by candidates. Here are some of my thoughts about the Republican primaries here in Anne Arundel County. (Capital)

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Can Baltimore afford to finance candidates?

Who pays for candidates’ political campaigns? Somebody has to. It’s getting expensive to run for public office — almost any office. The average cost of a successful U.S. Senate campaign is in the neighborhood of $10 million, but local elections aren’t easy to finance either. The cost of advertising, rallies, yard signs, staff and other expenses adds up quickly. Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford have $9 million on hand, according to their most recent report, and it’s only June, and they don’t have a primary opponent. Even running for city offices isn’t cheap — the council president raised $798,000 the last time around. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Towle: What kind of political districts do Americans want?

Once the U.S. Supreme Court issues its gerrymandering decision, we will be barraged with claims about what this means for the political parties. Before the inevitable jump to partisan interpretations, it might make sense to reflect first on the types of districts that Americans would want to see. (Balt. Sun)

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Ann Bristow: Md. moving in the wrong direction on energy

Maryland is at a significant choice point looking toward our energy future: Aggressively build clean renewable electricity generation or lock electricity generation into 30 and more years of fossil fuel-fed utilities — notably the dirty fuel with the clean-sounding name, natural gas. The first offers public health benefits, reduction of greenhouse gasses and thousands of sustainable jobs, and the second offers air pollution, public health and safety risks, and fewer and less healthy employment opportunities. (Balt. Sun)

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June 14 // John Olszewski for county executive

It’s impossible to approach the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive without thinking about the last Democrat to win that job, the late Kevin Kamenetz. It’s not that we believe voters should consider which of the three major Democratic candidates in the race he would have supported — we have no idea who that would have been — but rather that they should focus on the evolution of Baltimore County that he, through his own evolving career, represented. (Balt. Sun)

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Redmer for county executive

Maryland voters face a lot of tough choices in this month’s elections. The Republican primary for Baltimore County executive is not one of them. Al Redmer is by far the best choice. Mr. Redmer is well prepared for the role of leading the region’s largest local government. He has substantial experience in both the public and private sectors. (Balt. Sun)

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Casting a symbolic vote not the best way to honor Sophocleus

Del. Ted Sophocleus, a fixture in the county legislative delegation for two decades and in county politics for longer than that, richly deserves all the tributes that have been coming in since his death on Friday. But, at the risk of being thought presumptuous or hard-hearted, we’ll say that there’s one tribute that may well be paid to him on June 26 that we don’t think he would have wanted. Sophocleus' passing — like that of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz, on May 10 — came too late for his name to be taken off the ballot. (Capital)

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Michael Malone: I have been active in community service, GOP politics and the fight against gerrymandering

Before I talk policy, let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Anne Arundel County and graduated from Arundel High School in 1985. I then earned a bachelor’s in accounting, a master’s in industrial and labor relations, and a law degree. My wife and I have four wonderful children aged 10 to 23, with all the proud memories of soccer, graduations, Scouts and school concerts to match. We attend Trinity United Methodist Church. Service for me is not just about government and politics, so over the years I have worked with and volunteered for numerous civic organizations. (Capital)

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