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UM Carey Law Hosts Bipartisan Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Historic Westminster Hall on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore was the site of a bipartisan forum for declared candidates running for Maryland governor on April 24.

Republicans Charles Lollar and Del. Ronald George were joined by Democrats Del. Heather Mizeur and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for the event, which was sponsored by students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. All declared candidates were invited to attend the forum.


Ben Smith, a second-year UM Carey Law student and president of the UM Carey Law Class of 2015, moderated the forum. Candidates were asked six pre-approved questions and were given two minutes to deliver opening and closing remarks. Questions ranged from whether Maryland should authorize hydraulic fracturing -- termed "fracking"-- to how to pay for mandatory pre-kindergarten programs.

George told the audience about his plan to put mandatory substance rehabilitation programs in Maryland prisons and advocated for building Baltimore City's tax base by supporting small and medium-sized businesses. "You have to bring back entry-level and mid-level jobs," he said.

Mizeur proposed an 18-month moratorium on fracking. She voiced her support for universal pre-kindergarten and legalizing marijuana. "Every other state in our region decided to frack first and ask questions later," said Mizeur, who said that if elected she would "turn the status quo upside down."

Lollar declared the Maryland Health Care Exchange to be a "waste of $200 million." He supported Marylanders' right to carry guns and is a proponent of fracking "as long as it doesn't harm the environment." He proposed limiting the size of government to cut taxes.

Brown proposed establishing health clinics in schools "where health disparities exist." Noting that "gerrymandering is a problem," Brown supported the creation of a nonpartisan coalition to examine electoral redistricting. He supports creating preferences in state contracts for ex-offenders.


The forum was organized and sponsored by the University Student Government Association, the Class of 2015, the University of Maryland Association of Legislative Law, the Republican Legal Society, and the University of Maryland Law Democrats.

Posting Date: 04/29/2014
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu