UM Carey Law Hosts Bipartisan Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
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
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
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.
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