Kensington business owner eyes District 18 seat

She came to the U.S. at 16 with her mother from Venezuela for better economic opportunities and now Natali Fani-Gonzalez wants to create an atmosphere of opportunity for everyone. Fani-Gonzalez, 33 of Kensington, filed as a Democratic candidate for the District 18 Maryland House of Delegates Feb. 4. She said she can represent all the people of the diverse district which includes Kensington, Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Wheaton and parts of Silver Spring and Rockville. “I have diversity within me,” she said. “I am where I am because I worked hard for it and I want to represent working families, especially working women.” (Gazette)

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Former Harford County Council President Wagner Files Candidacy to Return to Office

Robert S. Wagner, former Harford County Councilman & Council President has filed as a Republican candidate for election to the office of Harford County Council President. Wagner says he has observed an overall disconnect between our county Government and the people whom it serves. “There has been a lack of accountability and oversight by our Council and there is a need to make our local Government more responsible. I look forward to the challenges ahead and embrace the opportunity to serve the people of Harford County over the next four years.” (Dagger)

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Delaney touts bipartisanship during chat with constituents in Hagerstown

Preaching a bipartisan approach to national issues like infrastructure improvements, Social Security reform and others that can have trickle-down effects on communities, U.S. Rep. John Delaney spent some time in Hagerstown on Monday to talk with some of his constituents. The sit-down chat with Delaney lasted about 45 minutes, and covered many issues currently facing lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and local voices who asked questions about a variety of issues that affect the city and Washington County. (Herald-Mail)

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Feb. 17 // Brown leads Democrats in governor's race, but many undecided

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has staked out a sizable lead in the Democratic contest for governor, but the primary race is far from decided as many voters have yet to pick a candidate, according to a new opinion poll for The Baltimore Sun. Bolstered by overwhelming support from African-Americans statewide and voters in his home county of Prince George's, Brown is 21 percentage points ahead of his closest competitor, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, the poll indicates. But 40 percent of likely Democratic voters in Maryland are still undecided four months before the June 24 primary, the poll found. The Republican contest is even more wide open, with two-thirds of likely voters surveyed saying they have no favorite in the race. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown, Gansler address home crowds as a new poll gets attention in governor’s race

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Anthony G. Brown and Douglas F. Gansler both opened campaign offices in their respective home counties Sunday, seeking to build enthusiasm among some of their core supporters. Brown, the state’s lieutenant governor, told a crowd in Mitchellville that he was “excited, just like you” to see the results of a new poll Sunday in the Baltimore Sun showing him with a sizable lead over his rivals. But Brown, a former Prince George’s County delegate, cautioned that his campaign has a lot of work left to do in a primary still four months off. (Wash. Post)

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Two-thirds undecided in attorney general's race

Two-thirds of Maryland Democrats are undecided in a wide-open race to succeed Douglas F. Gansler as state attorney general, a new poll for The Baltimore Sun shows. Among Democrats who expressed a preference, Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County was ahead with 18 percent support. The other three candidates — state Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. C. William Frick, both of Montgomery County, and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County — polled in single digits. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Democrats don't pick O'Malley for White House

Gov. Martin O'Malley may have his eye on running for the White House, but a new Baltimore Sun poll suggests he could have a tough time winning the Democratic primary election in his own state. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outpolled O'Malley by nearly 10 to 1 among likely Maryland Democratic voters asked to name their top choice among four possible candidates to be the party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown campaign will not use campaign finance loophole

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown said Saturday that his campaign would forgo the use of a loophole that might have allowed his running mate to raise money during the General Assembly session — portraying the decision as a matter of principle. (Balt. Sun)

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