Nov. 6 // Maryland gubernatorial candidates tout environmental credentials at forum

A forum Tuesday on the environment drew five Maryland gubernatorial hopefuls from both political parties — as well as the running mate of a sixth — underscoring the importance of the issue in next year’s election. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) told the audience that the environment is his “top passion” and called himself “the one true environmentalist in this race for governor.” Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) argued that the environment is “part of my spirit” and that she is most in sync with the causes advocated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and 1,000 Friends of Maryland, the co-hosts of the event. (Wash. Post)

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Annapolis mayoral election too close to call

The Annapolis mayoral election was too close to call Tuesday night, with neither candidate declaring victory or conceding defeat. With 15 of 16 precincts unofficially reporting at 9:45 p.m., incumbent Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen had 3,468 votes to 3,518 votes for Republican challenger Mike Pantelides. (Balt. Sun)

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McClement wins re-election

Mayor Randy McClement will serve four more years as Frederick's leader. With all 12 precincts reporting, McClement had 3,714 votes, compared to Alderwoman Karen Young with 2,407 votes. Former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty tallied 1,480 votes. The numbers, which are unofficial until absentee ballots are counted Thursday, showed McClement tallied nearly 49 percent of the votes for mayor. (News-Post)

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Mayor tries to quiet calls for property tax bill audit

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake attempted to quiet growing calls from the City Council for an independent audit of the city's troubled property tax program, saying Tuesday that her administration's reforms should be given more time to yield results. "We're not against audits," she said at a news conference. "We just want to make sure they're done in a timely way and are not wasteful of the taxpayers' money." (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan continues to be coy about GOP run

Larry Hogan, the former Ehrlich administration official who has held open the possibility of jumping in to the race for the Republican nomination for governor, remained coy about his intentions Tuesday as his Change Maryland organization planned a Nov. 22 gathering in Annapolis. (Balt. Sun)

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Voter turn out drops in contested City Council election

Although all seats were contested in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, Laurel City Council elections, turnout was nearly half the number of voters in the 2011 city elections. Of the city's 16,065 registered voters, 1,033, about 6.4 percent, cast ballots this year. That total includes 106 people who took advantage of early voting on Nov. 2, and another 99 absentee ballots that were issued, according to Board of Elections Clerk Kim Rau. (Balt. Sun)

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Incumbents retain seats in contested Annapolis alderman races

The Annapolis City Council will look practically the same for another four years. The four incumbent city aldermen in contested races won re-election Tuesday. The closest race took place in Ward 2, where Alderman Fred Paone defeated challenger Kurt Riegel by 760-709 votes, according to preliminary results from the Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections. (Capital)

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Familiar faces back in mayor and council seats in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg residents woke up Wednesday morning already knowing the names and faces of their city elected officials who faced no opposition to earning their seats back in Tuesday’s election. Mayor Sidney Katz and councilmen Mike Sesma and Henry Marraffa ran for re-election without any challengers. (Gazette)

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