Statewide Candidates Talk Infrastructure, Public Safety, Economy, and More at #MACoCon Forum

With primary elections in the books, candidates for governor, attorney general, and comptroller addressed the MACo Summer Conference in a forum on issues of importance for county governments. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics Director at Goucher College, and Pamela Wood, politics and government reporter at The Baltimore Banner, moderated the forum.

Democratic nominee for comptroller, Delegate Brooke Lierman, the Republican nominee for comptroller, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Democratic attorney general nominee, US Representative Anthony Brown, the Republican nominee for Comptroller, Michael Peroutka, and Republican nominee for governor, Dan Cox, participated in the forum. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore attended the Summer Conference but did not participate in the forum due to a previous commitment.

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Question topics for Delegate Lierman and County Executive Glassman included collaborating with county governments to ensure accurate and efficient tax administration, state and local fiscal and economic analyses, and considering county input on State projects that oblige local funds.

Question topics for Representative Brown and Mr. Peroutka included maintaining a good partnership between the Attorney General’s Office of Opinions and Advice and county governments, balancing laws governing the release of body camera footage, and collaborating with local governments on opioid settlement funds.

Delegate Cox answered questions on working with counties to identify and invest in locally owned infrastructure, fostering economic opportunity for all Marylanders, and supporting counties during and in the aftermath of local disasters.

Read more about the forum in The Baltimore Sun and Maryland Matters,

The forum was on August 20, 2022, at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

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