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Jealous, Madaleno Vying for Progressive Mantle

Kamenetz will likely decide on a bid after Labor Day.

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Ally Mutnick
June 13, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

“As the 2018 Mary­land gubernat­ori­al race starts to take shape, there are two Demo­crat­ic hope­fuls with strong so­cial justice re­cords po­s­i­tion­ing them­selves to carry the mantle for pro­gress­ives.” Former NAACP Pres­id­ent Ben Jeal­ous (D) and State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D) “are each hop­ing to do what then-Del. Heath­er Mizeur couldn’t in 2014: en­er­gize the most lib­er­al wing of the Demo­crat­ic Party in a way that cata­pults them to the nom­in­a­tion. Jeal­ous is vy­ing to be­come the first Afric­an Amer­ic­an to lead the state, while Madaleno, who has in­dic­ated that he plans to run for the seat but has not of­fi­cially de­clared, would be Mary­land’s first openly gay gov­ernor.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

TIM­ING. Bal­timore County Ex­ec­ut­ive Kev­in Ka­me­n­etz (D), “who is cris­scross­ing the state in his role as pres­id­ent of the Mary­land As­so­ci­ation of Counties, says it will likely be after Labor Day be­fore he de­cides wheth­er to run for gov­ernor in 2018.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

STAY­ING OUT. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) “offered little re­ac­tion to Mary­land’s top cop su­ing the Pres­id­ent of the United States. On Monday the Gov­ernor re­leased a state­ment say­ing, ‘Per the res­ol­u­tion passed by the Gen­er­al As­sembly, the Gov­ernor’s of­fice no longer has a role in this pro­cess.’” (WBFF)

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