Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Jim Shea, Alec Ross, Richard Madaleno, Krish Vignarajah, James Jones and Ben Jealous prepare for a Maryland Democratic primary gubernatorial debate on May 21 in Baltimore.
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The nine Democrats running for governor faced off Wednesday in their fourth debate, which was taped and will air on WMAR-2 News on June 13 at 8 p.m. WYPR’s Rachel Baye discusses the debate with Nathan Sterner.
On the Record has spoken with all nine Democratic gubernatiorial candidates about why they’re running, what issues they think are most important and how they would address them and what they think sets each of them apart--why voters should pick them to be the Democrats’ standard bearer against incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Today our expert analyst and commentator is Mileah Kromer, associate professor of political science at Goucher College. She directors the Sarah T. Hughes Field politics center and is the force behind the respected Goucher Poll.
Tom’s guest today is Valerie Ervin. She is one of nine Democrats running for Governor this June. The winner will go up against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the general election in November.
Last week, the former Montgomery County Councilwoman announced that she would be taking the place of her former running mate, the late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, as a Democratic candidate for Governor. She is the second woman, and one of four African Americans running for Governor in the Democratic primary.
Ervin’s career includes politics, education and labor advocacy. She was the first African American woman to serve on the Montgomery County Council where she served two terms; she was only the 2nd African American woman to serve on the Montgomery County Board of Education.
Her running mate is Marisol Johnson, former Baltimore County school board Vice Chair. She is the first Latina to hold public office in Baltimore County.
Valerie Ervin also took your questions, emails and tweets. Like all of Midday’s Conversations with the Candidates, this program was streamed live on the WYPR FB page. Check out the video here.