Sept. 5 // A dozen past, present elected officials from Takoma Park back Mizeur’s bid for governor

Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) picked up a dozen endorsements of her gubernatorial bid Wednesday from past and present elected officials in Takoma Park, her hometown. Mizeur, a former Takoma Park council member, called the backing “incredibly meaningful to me” in a statement released by her campaign. (Wash. Post)

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Defense attorney announces state's attorney candidacy

Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. announced his candidacy for Baltimore state's attorney Wednesday, promising as the city's top prosecutor to renew efforts to lock up violent criminals. Kicking off his challenge to incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein, Neverdon said he would balance his crime-fighting efforts by improving treatment options for drug addicts and the mentally ill. (Balt. Sun)

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Will Dynamic Lollar Overshadow Craig and George?

Businessman and Tea Party favorite Charles Lollar has officially launched his bid for the Maryland Republican gubernatorial nomination. Lollar launched his campaign in St. Mary's County Maryland - the county is home to Maryland's first capital and, to the delight of state Republicans, is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and has been growing ever more Republican in recent years. (Wash. Post)

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Councilmember Watson expected to announce county executive run

It’s almost official: District 1 County Councilmember Courtney Watson, a Democrat, has set the date that political observers expect will be her campaign announcement for a county executive run. (Balt. Sun)

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Part of Garrett wind bill said to be invalid

A portion of Senate Bill 370, which deals with setback requirements for wind turbines, was deemed unconstitutional by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler because it would have given adjacent neighbors zoning authority. (Times-News)

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Del. Hershey asks commissioners to support Senate bid using official stationery, apparent ethics violation

Del. Steve Hershey has lobbied county commissioners in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Cecil for letters of support to the governor in his bid to fill the seat vacated by Sen. E.J. Pipkin in District 36. But he has done so using his official legislative letterhead — prohibited under ethics rules established by the legislature. (Md Reporter)

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Incumbent, youth advocate contest Laurel’s at-large council seat

Laurel’s Nov. 5 elections will feature a 2011 rematch in its at-large council race between two long-time public figures and newcomers entering the Ward 1 and Ward 2 races. John Mathew Smith is challenging incumbents Valerie Nicholas and H. Edward Ricks for one of the two Ward 1 seats while Thomas Elwood Matthews looks to take one of the two seats from Ward 2 incumbents Frederick Smalls and Donna Crary. (Gazette)

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Sept. 4 // O'Malley to announce $1.5 billion for Baltimore-area transportation projects

Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce $1.5 billion in new state funding for the Baltimore Red Line and more than a dozen other transportation projects in the area Wednesday, officials said, outlining for the first time how the state's gas tax increase will be tapped to improve local infrastructure and mass transit here. O'Malley also plans to discuss the state's interest in attracting public-private partnerships to help fund the Red Line project, and a Dec. 7 start date for weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, which has never been offered before. (Balt. Sun)

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