Crowded field of Republicans taking aim at Democrat Bevins in Baltimore County Council race

Republicans in Eastern Baltimore County are lining up for next month’s primary election as the party takes aim at unseating a two-term Democratic councilwoman in the fall. Five candidates are competing in the June 26 GOP primary for the District 6 County Council seat held by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, who is running for a third term. The Republican field is the biggest group of hopefuls in any council race in the county. The winner will face Bevins in the November general election. The councilwoman, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 with 57 percent of the vote, faces no challengers in the Democratic primary. (Balt. Sun)

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County Executive Steve Schuh to add school counselors, mental health professionals to budget

County Executive Steve Schuh will increase counselor and mental health staffing for Anne Arundel County schools within his proposed budget. The supplemental budget would add $640,000 to hire school counselors, social workers and conflict-addressing staff members, Schuh said Friday. The number of hires has not been released. Schuh’s announcement was on the same day as a shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school where 10 people were killed, many of them students. Events like the Santa Fe shooting — and other high-profile school attacks — have motivated parents and advocates to request increased behavioral health staff at schools. (Capital)

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Fruits, flowers and a financier's cakes: Mayor Pugh discloses gifts in annual transparency filing

Flowers flowed into City Hall during Mayor Catherine Pugh’s first year in office — along with fruit baskets and a trio of cakes from a prominent local investor. Pugh detailed the gifts in her annual financial disclosure, a transparency tool designed to let the public know about any conflicts of interest city officials might have. The forms, required to be filed by April 30 each year, ask officials to disclose eight kinds of information: Ownership of real estate, ownership of business entities, business with the city, gifts, debts, employment of family members, other sources of income and “any additional information.” (Balt. Sun)

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Former state delegate from Prince George's sentenced to prison in bribery conviction

A former state delegate from Prince George’s County has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme while serving as a county councilman, federal prosecutors said Friday. William Alberto Campos, 43 of Hyattsville, was sentenced to 54 months in prison and three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $340,000 in restitution for the charges — one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery. Maryland's highest court is scheduled to hear from a private lawyer trying to remove former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks from the June 26 primary election ballot and state lawyers who say doing so will be too disruptive to the process. (Balt. Sun)

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Appeals court: Kamenetz's death doesn't mean Oaks should be removed from ballot

The Maryland Court of Appeals denied a motion Friday to reconsider its refusal to order the name of disgraced ex-lawmaker Nathaniel T. Oaks off the 41st District's primary ballots, rejecting an argument that the sudden death last week of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin B. Kamenetz could cause all the state's ballots to be reprinted. (Md. Matters)

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May 18 // Valerie Ervin to run for Maryland governor in place of late running mate Kevin Kamenetz

Democrat Valerie Ervin is running for Maryland governor in place of her former running mate, Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly last week. Ervin’s unusual entry into the campaign less than six weeks before the June 26 Democratic primary maintains a crowded field of seven major candidates with no clear front-runner. The 61-year-old Montgomery County resident selected Marisol Johnson, a former Baltimore County school board member, to join a ticket that faces significant obstacles to gain traction with no time to spare: They have little money, a new campaign staff and their names will not appear on millions of ballots that have already been printed. (Balt. Sun)

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Nine Democrats will compete for face time in Md. gubernatorial debates

Nine candidates vying to be Maryland’s Democratic nominee for governor will have a few minutes each to distinguish themselves in four upcoming televised debates, with the first one airing Monday night. If you hope to track who thinks what, you may want to keep a spreadsheet handy. Trying to be inclusive and show unity, the candidates agreed the entire field should be invited, party leaders say. That includes several candidates who have money in the bank and full-fledged campaign operations but are polling in the low single digits and two who have raised almost no money and have lottery-like odds of winning. (Wash. Post)

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Angela Alsobrooks debuts first television ad in Prince George’s executive race

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) debuted a television advertisement Thursday, the first in the heated race for county executive. In the 30-second ad — which will air on cable and broadcast stations in the county — Alsobrooks says residents in the Washington suburb have heard for too long that the county is “on the brink” of success. “We can give our kids the education they deserve, we can keep our neighborhoods safe, and we can respect the seniors who built this community,” Alsobrooks says. “Let’s fulfill the promises of Prince George’s County together.” (Wash. Post)

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