May 15 // Donna Edwards urges Valerie Ervin to jump into already crowded governor’s race

The potential for a new gubernatorial candidate in Maryland’s Democratic primary is adding another wrinkle of uncertainty to the crowded competition to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The unexpected death last week of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has created an opportunity for his running mate, Valerie Ervin, to join a field in which six candidates are already running. Ervin, who was the first black woman elected to the Montgomery County Council, has until Thursday to decide whether to dissolve the campaign, choose a new candidate for governor or run for the position herself. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore County Council may discuss Kevin Kamenetz replacement process on Tuesday

The Baltimore County Council may begin discussions Tuesday on the process to replace the late county executive Kevin Kamenetz, who died last week after suffering cardiac arrest. Council Chairman Julian Jones said he wanted to wait until after the Kamenetz family completed Jewish funeral traditions before publicly discussing how to replace him. The family’s final night of sitting shiva was scheduled for Monday night. “We’ll just go from there, see who’s on everybody’s mind,” said Jones, a Woodstock Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous to debut TV ad in Baltimore

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, will debut a television advertisement Tuesday, becoming the first candidate in a crowded field to buy ad time in Baltimore. The 60-second commercial — which Jealous’s campaign said cost nearly six figures — highlights the candidate’s family history, his endorsement by the state’s largest teachers union and growth at the NAACP during his tenure. Jealous is one of six major candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has a 69 percent approval rating, according to a Goucher poll released last month. (Wash. Post)

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GOP County Exec candidate Ficker may not qualify for public campaign funding

The sole Republican candidate in the Montgomery County executive race may not qualify to receive public financing matching funds by a midnight Tuesday deadline set by the State Board of Elections under the county law. Attorney Robin Ficker has been raising money to qualify for public campaign financing since February 2017 and was a little over halfway to the required amount as of January, the last filed campaign finance report. He has previously successfully spearheaded two countywide voter referendums, including the recent passage of county term limits. But as the first county election with a public financing option nears, some parts of the 2014 law are proving difficult for candidates to understand. (Md. Reporter)

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John Apostol, first full-time mayor of Annapolis, dead at 79

Former Annapolis Mayor John Apostol, who was the city’s first full-time mayor and held the office for two terms, died of a brain cancer Wednesday at his family’s home in Georgia. A native Annapolitan who served between 1973 and 1981, Apostol died in Evans, where he lived with his family, after spending several days on hospice. He was 79. Apostol was elected at age 35, an accountant who was the first to hold the job as a full-time position after the City Council voted to change it in 1972. (Capital)

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Rep. Anthony Brown of Maryland suffers minor stroke and is recovering at home

Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) experienced a minor stroke Friday within a few hours of leaving the funeral of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the congressman’s spokesman said Monday. The first-term congressman, 56, was taken by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center, admitted for two nights and released on Sunday. He is recovering at home and has not set a definite date for his return to Capitol Hill. “Congressman Brown and his family are grateful for the excellent care he received and the outpouring of support and well wishes,” spokesman Matt Verghese said in a statement. “He is expected to make a full recovery.” (Wash. Post)

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May 14 // At funeral, Kevin Kamenetz remembered as 'driven' politician: 'He was in this to win it'

As mourners paid respects to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Friday, his wife Jill told the crowd of Maryland politicos that she had recently warned her husband: “This campaign is killing you.” “He barely slept; he wasn't eating well,” she said. But in a competitive primary for governor, he wouldn't have it any other way. “He was in this to win it,” she said. “He was driven, and he loved what he was doing.” (Balt. Sun)

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‘It’s our time’: Prince George’s could lead the way in a state where women in leadership are lacking

Angela D. Alsobrooks is the only woman ever elected state’s attorney in Prince George’s County. Donna F. Edwards is the only black woman ever elected to Congress from Maryland. Now the two Democrats are vying to become Prince George’s first female county executive, generating strong support in a county where women have long been politically active and economically successful but say they still have been held back from center stage. “It’s our time,” said Mary Hopkins Navies, a well-known Prince George’s business owner who is backing Alsobrooks. (Wash. Post)

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