By Jacob Schaperow
Although Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is due to leave office next January, the Maryland gubernatorial election this year is not without an incumbent as Antony Brown, lieutenant governor under O’Malley, appears to be the front-runner in the Maryland primaries.
Squaring off against current state Attorney General Doug Gansler and state delegate Heather Mizeur, Brown intends to follow in the footsteps of O’Malley, furthering his policies on education and taxes, [while fellow Democrats Gansler and Mizeur propose alterations to current policy, according to John Wagner’s May 25 article for The Washington Post.
While Brown wants to provide free full-day 4-year-old preschool, Mizeur would offer pre-K for children starting at 3-years-old. NBC reported that Mizeur also would like to increase the minimum wage beyond the recently approved $10.10 that is said to take effect by 2018. Gansler does not support universal pre-K and instead focuses on job creation, with a plan to cut the corporate income tax by 2.25 percent, the same level as Virginia’s, according to an Aug. 29 Washington Post article
The Republican gubernatorial candidates consist of David Craig, Ronald George, Larry Hogan, and Charles Lollar. The Republican platform in Maryland supports lower taxes and more business-friendly policies, according to the Washington Post.
Issues of note for Jewish voters during this election include county-funded buses for Montgomery County children attending private schools and funding for secular textbooks at private schools. Both topics were discussed at the Orthodox Union Legislative Breakfast held June 8 at Beth Sholom Synagogue, with details reported by the Washington Jewish Week.
To locate your polling place, request an absentee ballot, or for detailed information about voting, go to the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Maryland primary elections will take place on Tuesday, June 24 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at hundreds of polling locations across the state.
For further information on the candidates, see the Washington Post’s coverage or check out their websites:
Anthony Brown (D) http://anthonybrown.com/
Doug Gansler (D) http://douggansler.com/
Heather Mizeur (D) http://www.heathermizeur.com/
David Craig (R) http://www.davidcraig.com/
Ronald George (R) http://www.voterongeorge.com/
Larry Hogan (R) http://www.hoganforgovernor.com/
Charles Lollar (R) http://www.lollar4governor.com/