Is the Ultimate ‘Purple’ County Undergoing a Sea Change?

On a recent rainy night in Annapolis, hundreds of people were crammed into two steamy rooms in the Asbury United Methodist Church on West Street to air their grievances about gun violence and the shoddy condition of public housing units in the city. Tension filled the air. Leaders of the group Anne Arundel Community Together, a relatively new coalition of church, community and progressive leaders, issued a series of demands to the handful of elected officials in attendance. Democrat Steuart Pittman, six months on the job as Anne Arundel’s county executive, stepped forward to receive them. “I used to do community organizing,” he told the crowd, “but you guys are so much better. I’ve got tears in my eyes.” (Md. Matters)

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