Election 2018: Goodbye, Mr. Otis

Voters frequently say that they want to support candidates who are not beholden to any party, someone who will try to take the best of what Democrats and Republicans have to offer and meld some kind of nonpartisan way forward. It may be true in theory, but Frederick County voters had the opportunity to support the embodiment of that ideal in the general election on Tuesday, and most people passed it by. Bud Otis lost his bid for re-election as an unaffiliated candidate for an at-large seat on the County Council, finishing a distant fifth to two Republicans and two Democrats. (News-Post)

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Where are Washington County's elected women?

Amid some of the wild fluctuations in national politics, elections in Washington County never seem to change much. The electorate has once again tapped five white male Republicans as its county commissioners, and filled its legislative seats in the same fashion — just as it did in the last election. There is no question about the validity of the results; the voters have spoken. But we do believe the circumstance is worthy of some thought. And we believe it is something people should be thinking about well in advance of the next election. (Herald-Mail)

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Steuart Pittman: I want to harness the tremendous talent of Anne Arundel County

On Dec. 3, I will be sworn in as Anne Arundel County’s 10th county executive. I am honored and I am humbled that the voters have put their faith in me. My campaign was built around a commitment to put communities first. Honoring that pledge requires that I listen carefully as we shape a new county government that is transparent, inclusive, and forward-thinking. (Capital)

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Jimmy DeButts: Sarah Lacey's Anne Arundel County Council win is tribute to listening

Sarah Lacey talked her way onto the Anne Arundel County Council. Sure, voters gave the Democratic political novice a 15,019-11,491 victory over Republican Kim Burns in Tuesday's election. But that was just the culmination of her improbable journey to the District 1 seat. Lacey's upset of incumbent Pete Smith in the June primary was predicated on her commitment to listening. She spoke to community associations. She heard their concerns. (Capital)

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Melissa Ellis: How Anne Arundel schools can help prevent future mass shootings

Responsible gun laws, greater access to mental health care, improving communication in law enforcement. These are all ways that we may improve our chances in preventing the next desperate individual from carrying out the next mass shooting, hopefully. But what if we also focus on the long term? What if we made improvements in our society that would reverse the trend we see in America’s youth of increasing incidents of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and violent behavior? An individual who is fulfilled in life, who has meaningful relationships, who has purpose, will likely never be the next mass shooter. Where do we have the most power to influence the shape of future society? I believe that is in our public schools. (Capital)

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November 9 // Adam Pagnucco: Five takeaways from the general election

Maryland had a blue wave. It just didn't affect the governor's race. Gov. Larry Hogan's 14-point victory over Democrat Ben Jealous is the biggest margin by a Republican gubernatorial candidate since Theodore McKeldin's 15-point win in 1950. Hogan also earned 45 percent of the vote in Montgomery County, the best performance by a gubernatorial Republican here since Spiro Agnew's win in 1966. But elsewhere in the state, the news was very good for Democrats. (Bethesda)

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Deborah Simmons: Bladensburg Peace Cross is Veterans Day, World War I reminder

2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of the convening of the Paris Peace Conference, which formally ended World War I. And the Peace Cross is a memorial that today stands at a crossroads in Bladensburg, which lost scores of residents during the “war to end all wars.” On Monday, we observe Veterans Day, which honors all those — living and dead — who have served in our armed forces. Day by day, we lose our military veterans. My question to you is: Will we lose the Peace Cross, too? (Wash. Times)

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University of Maryland needs to do better at becoming a safe place for black students

Why would an African American student attend the University of Maryland at College Park? When a student chooses a school they want a place where they feel wanted and supported. Parents want to know they’re sending their daughters and sons to a safe environment — not a place where they might become a victim of a hate crime. And recently, black families have had too many reasons to question whether the University of Maryland is that place. (Balt. Sun)

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