In final debate before election, Montgomery County executive candidates revisit development, housing issues

With four days until Election Day, Montgomery County executive candidates Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen and Robin Ficker appeared together on the debate stage one last time Thursday night. The candidates spoke at the Friendship Heights Village Center, which lies at the county’s southern border with Washington, D.C., and near a dense retail district on Wisconsin Avenue. The debate was the 15th forum attended by the candidates the last two months. (Bethesda)

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Education, transportation dominate Montgomery County Council’s 2019 legislative priorities

Securing funding for kindergarten through grade 12 education along with infrastructure improvements to state highways and interstates are among the many goals that the Montgomery County Council is looking to state legislators to achieve in the upcoming state legislative session. On Nov. 14, council members will meet with the 32 state senators and delegates who represent Montgomery County in the Maryland General Assembly, prior to the Jan. 9 beginning of the 2019 legislative session in Annapolis. (Bethesda)

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In Maryland, candidates urge civility — then trash each other with mailers

At a forum late last month, the candidates vying to succeed Rep. John Delaney in Maryland spoke of the importance of bipartisanship and restoring civility to political discourse. Yet the campaign of Democrat David Trone and a political action committee backing Republican Amie Hoeber have each sent 6th District voters mass mailers depicting the opposing candidate in less than civil terms. (Wash. Post)

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Hitler memes and Kenyan princes: Social media posts become an issue in state Senate races

Candidates’ social media posts have come into question in two key state Senate races as opponents focus on postings by two Republicans who are part of a statewide effort to whittle down Democratic power in the General Assembly. District 30 hopeful Ron George’s Facebook posts in 2015 and 2016 were the subject of a campaign against him — the posts question climate change, compare then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler and invoke a conspiracy about former President Barack Obama’s birthplace, among other things. (Capital)

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In Montgomery County, general election no one expected staggers toward finish line

The candidates for Montgomery County executive spent the last weekend before Election Day crisscrossing Maryland’s largest-subdivision in search of persuadable voters — and offering competing visions for the county’s future. It’s been several election cycles since Montgomery, a Democratic stronghold, saw a competitive general election contest for a countywide seat. But the unexpected candidacy of Councilmember Nancy M. Floreen, a lifelong Democrat who became an independent in August, scrambled the race to succeed three-term incumbent Isiah Leggett (D). (Md. Matters)

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Pittman, Schuh make final pitches to voters at Pasadena parade, two days before Election Day

Anne Arundel County executive candidates Steve Schuh and Steuart Pittman have seemed to shrug off any pre-Election Day jitters. Both men say they’re confident the votes will swing in their favor. As part of an effort to rally up voters, Pittman and Schuh both boarded floats at Sunday’s Thanksgiving Parade in Pasadena. The Pasadena Business Association hosts the event every year. (Capital)

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Controversial Turtle Run project at the center of Anne Arundel executive race

Anne Arundel County’s purchase of Turtle Run at Deep Cove may be the most controversial decision under Steve Schuh’s administration in an election season that has focused in large part on development and growth. Snyder Development Corp. — run by Charles Snyder, a Schuh campaign donor and supporter — sold the 140 acres of land to the county for $2.6 million while a proposed project on the land was tied up in Circuit Court and the Critical Area Commission. (Capital)

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Despite criticism of developer money, Anne Arundel County executive candidate Pittman continues to ask for it

County executive candidate Steuart Pittman has solicited donations from developers — even after he attacked development money as creating a “pay for play” atmosphere and proposed banning it with a new law if he is elected. The Democrat confirmed Friday that he asked Gary Koch — one of the county’s largest residential developers — and others for donations in his bid to beat incumbent Republican Steve Schuh. Koch is a major supporter of Schuh and there are no records showing he made any contributions to the Pittman campaign. (Capital)

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