“Seven of the Democrats hoping for a chance to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan (R) took their message to students at Goucher College on Friday, promising to work to make college more affordable and create better job opportunities for young Marylanders. The candidates tailored their pitches for the younger crowd and urged them to get active in politics and to turn out to vote.”
Candidates participating in the Young Voters Forum included former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D), state Sen. Richard Madaleno (D), Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz (D), attorney Jim Shea (D), former White House official Krish Vignarajah (D), and former State Department official Alec Ross (D).
One of the most discussed issues of the evening was education. Jealous has previously proposed making college free in Maryland and criticized how he’s always asked about funding for that program but “war on drugs” policies aren’t as scrutinized.
Jealous: “When it comes to educating our kids, they always ask the price. When it comes to locking them up, they never ask the price.”
Kamenetz said that he’s “going to be the advocate for education that all Maryland schools need” and brought up the idea of universal kindergarten. (Baltimore Sun)
ENDORSEMENT. The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus endorsed Jealous. (release)