GOP race in Baltimore County is pivotal for Hogan’s re-election

The Baltimore County executive’s race could play a critical role in deciding whether Gov. Larry Hogan becomes just the second Republican governor to ever be re-elected in Maryland. Hogan has decided to endorse Maryland Insurance Commissioner and former Del. Al Redmer over Del. Patrick McDonough. (Daily Record)

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Meagan Simonaire reverses decision, won't seek second term as delegate from Pasadena

Del. Meagan Simonaire announced Monday that she would not be seeking re-election, reversing a February announcement that she would run for a second term. The decision came Monday after Simonaire grappled with increased responsibilities and opportunities at her full-time job, the delegate said in a statement she released. The Pasadena Republican will finish her term, which ends in 2018. “The people I served are what I will remember most,” Simonaire said in her statement. “I believe our brightest days are ahead of us. We must keep looking forward and not be satisfied with the old ways of politics.” (Capital)

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Democrats still raking in more than Republicans in Frederick city election

The Democratic candidates running for mayor and Board of Aldermen in Frederick’s upcoming general election outpaced the Republicans once again in fundraising, according to the second round of campaign finance reports released Monday. Democratic Alderman Michael O’Connor, who is seeking to unseat Mayor Randy McClement, once again raised the most money of any of the candidates, raking in a little more than $14,000 since the last report on Aug. 11. “The strategy has not changed,” O’Connor said of campaign team’s fundraising efforts. ‘We are talking to as many people as we can to try and get our message out. ... And we are pleased the community has responded. I hope that works through Nov. 7.” (News-Post)

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Mayor McClement and Democratic challenger O'Connor discuss the city's issues

Republican Mayor Randy McClement and his Democratic challenger, Alderman Michael O’Connor, spent about an hour last week in a joint episode of Frederick Uncut answering questions about downtown blight, the proposed downtown hotel and conference center, the new police headquarters, transportation priorities, and property tax rates. They also explained how they align with their party platforms and summarized their three main goals if elected, or re-elected, to the city’s highest office in November.

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Perrone stepping back from Harford council to focus on career, personal life

It will be one term and done for Harford County Councilman Mike Perrone, at least where 2018 is concerned. After four years of representing the Edgewood and Joppa areas, Perrone plans to re-focus on his accounting career and personal life after his four-year term ends in December 2018. “I knew, going in, that there would be more to serving on the council than going to meetings and voting on legislation,” Perrone, 41, said Monday, while recalling he had wanted to serve only a single term when he campaigned. (Aegis)

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October 9 // Krishanti Vignarajah to seek court ruling on whether she’s eligible to run for governor

Krishanti Vignarajah’s campaign will seek a court order to determine if she’s eligible to run for governor. The campaign issued a press release Friday that says she filed a request in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment to resolve questions surrounding her campaign since she announced plans to run in August. (Bethesda)

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Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez leaves Md. assembly to run for Montgomery council

Fifteen years after being elected the first Latina to the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Montgomery) considered her choices: run for reelection or “see what other options were available.” Gutiérrez, 75, chose Option B, and she is joining the crowded race for the District 1 seat on the Montgomery County Council. Frustrated by the slow pace and conservative nature of politics in Annapolis, Gutiérrez said she wants to fight for immigrant rights and access to education in the place she has called home for nearly her entire life. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan calls for Metro board chairman to resign, accusing him of ‘juvenile outbursts’

The Metro board came under assault from two sides as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called on board Chairman Jack Evans to resign on Friday, a day after former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood urged replacing the 16-member body because of a need for “new blood, new thinking.” Hogan and Evans have been at odds for more than a year over both policy disputes and ­Evans’s outspoken rhetoric, which ­Hogan’s spokeswoman labeled as “juvenile outbursts.” (Wash. Post)

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