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Maryland Democrats vying for governor discuss housing in first candidates forum

A half-dozen contenders in Maryland’s crowded race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination made their cases this week at a forum on housing policies — marking an initial attempt to distinguish themselves during the first candidates forum before next year’s primary. The forum, which was hosted by the Renters Alliance on Tuesday night and focused exclusively on housing issues, featured six of the nine Democrats who have so far declared in the race.

Anne Arundel County Executive Says He’s Willing To Comprise As State Highway Officials Continue To Push For Third Span On Bay Bridge
Backed-up traffic and anxious travelers, it’s no question, traffic on the bay bridge can be a nightmare. “It’s all the time I live right here and I mean I can’t even get to school sometimes,” said driver Sarah Jay. “In the summertime during the Wednesday-Friday, I’ve been out here for two to three hours,” said driver Wayne Hemstetter. But the plan to fix the problem is still on hold.
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Harford County Executive Proposes Legislation To Set Term Limits On Future County Council Members

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman proposed legislation to let voters decide if future Harford County Council members will be limited to two consecutive terms. “I have been contacted by many constituents requesting that we place term limits for council members on the ballot in November 2022,” County Executive Glassman said. “In fact, I have always supported term limits and actually supported an effort many years ago when I served on the council as a way to include more citizens in public service.”

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Elrich credits consistent messaging for MoCo’s stellar COVID-19 vaccination metrics

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Wednesday attributed his county’s best in the state COVID-19 vaccination metrics to consistent scientific-based messaging about the dangers posed by the virus. About 75% of Montgomery County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, and about 83% of the county’s residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among Montgomery County’s vaccine-eligible population, more than 90% have been fully inoculated.

Two Annapolis council incumbents extend leads; one race narrows after first ballot canvass

Following the first of two canvasses from three Annapolis primary elections completed Wednesday, two City Council incumbents extended their leads and a third race narrowed to within 13 votes, unofficial election results showed. Between the 297 in-person ballots counted after polls closed Tuesday and the first batch of 414 mailed ballots received by the Friday before Election Day, Rhonda Pindell-Charles now leads Keanuú Smith-Brown, 156 votes to 60 votes, in Ward 3 with about 46% of votes counted. Ross Arnett leads Kati George, 179 votes to 113 votes, with 40% of the vote counted.

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County executives: ‘Healthy competition’ can drive local policies on climate change

Less than a month after remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through Annapolis and inundated parts of Maryland with floods, county executives from some of the state’s largest jurisdictions met this week to discuss how local leaders can counter the climate crisis and educate residents on climate issues. “We didn’t need Hurricane Ida to remind us of what Hurricane Isabel reminded us of: the devastation that climate change can and has affected on all of our communities,” said Baltimore County Executive John A. “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Outline Housing Policies At Forum

Six Democratic gubernatorial candidates laid out their plans to tackle housing insecurity and protect tenants at a Tuesday night forum, coalescing around reforms like access to counsel in eviction cases and rent stabilization. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot, former Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, former Obama administration official Ashwani Jain, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., former nonprofit CEO Wes Moore and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez attended the Tuesday evening forum hosted by the Montgomery County Renters Alliance.

Baltimore County state’s attorney to face first primary challenge in 15 years from lawyer and Democratic activist

Attorney Robbie Leonard said he will run against Baltimore County’s incumbent State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger in next June’s Democratic primary, marking the first time Shellenberger has been challenged in a primary since he was first elected in 2006. Leonard, an attorney of 13 years who currently serves as secretary of the Maryland Democratic Party, sees a changing political tide in Baltimore County when it comes to criminal justice reform — one that accelerated in the wake of national protests last year after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer. Chauvin was later convicted of second-degree murder.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
More Than 1,000 Students In Quarantine In Anne Arundel County; County Executive Supports Vaccine Mandate For All Students
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman praised the county’s public schools for mandating all teachers, support staff and high school student-athletes get vaccinated or tested weekly by November 22nd. He wants the mandate to go beyond that. “I am looking forward to the day when either the federal government, the state government or our school board makes a decision that covid vaccines will be added to the list of vaccines that are required for kids to come to school. I believe that’s coming. It can’t come soon enough. When we do that I believe that we will be able to make some serious progress and beat this virus once and for all,” Pittman said at a news briefing Tuesday.
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Redistricting commissions request public map submissions

Interested citizens can draw their own congressional and legislative maps to submit for consideration to Maryland’s two redistricting commissions. The commissions, one established by Gov. Larry Hogan and one run by the Legislature, are holding public meetings to develop maps based on the new 2020 census data. Earlier this month the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission — organized by Hogan — announced it was accepting submissions of maps from the public.

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