State Roundup: High profile Democrats line up to run for Sarbanes’ House seat; Trone opposes Ulman for top Maryland party chief

State Roundup: High profile Democrats line up to run for Sarbanes’ House seat; Trone opposes Ulman for top Maryland party chief

The west view of the U.S. Capitol building, the seat of the U.S. Congress. Photo by Martin Falbisoner CC BY-SA 3.0.

DEMS BEGIN MOVING TO RUN FOR SARBANES’ HOUSE SEAT: Less than a week after U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes’ surprise announcement that he would not seek a 10th term, several high-profile Democrats are mobilizing to try to replace him in the 3rd District seat. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Vanessa E. Atterbeary (D-Howard) and state Sen. Sarah K. Elfreth (D-Anne Arundel) said they plan to compete in the Democratic primary next May. And Howard County Executive Calvin Ball (D) is among the political leaders who is also seriously contemplating entering the contest. Josh Kurtz and Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.

TRONE OPPOSING ULMAN FOR DEM PARTY CHIEF: Ken Ulman’s nomination to lead the state Democratic Party will face opposition from one of the major Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate: Rep. David Trone (D-6th), who is seeking to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Cardin (D), said Wednesday he will oppose Ulman’s nomination for the position, citing Ulman’s “cozy relationships with real estate developers and special interests.” Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.

BROWN, OTHER ATTY GENS SUPPORT LGBTQ+ BOOKS IN MO CO SCHOOLS: Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown co-led a coalition of 19 attorneys general who submitted an amicus brief supporting the Montgomery County Board of Education in its decision to include LGBTQ+ books in its language arts curriculum. Lilly Price/The Baltimore Sun.

EMERALDS, IVORY, STERLING ALL PART OF ARCHDIOCESE VALUABLES LIST: Diamonds and emeralds, marble busts and oil paintings, sterling silver flatware and an ivory crucifix — these are just some of the things the Archdiocese of Baltimore possesses in its treasure chest of valuables disclosed as part of the archdiocese’s most recent court filing in its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Lee O. Sanderlin/The Baltimore Sun.

FORMER U.S. REP. PARREN MITCHELL’s HOME TO BE PRESERVED: The West Baltimore home of Parren Mitchell, the first African American elected to Congress from Maryland and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus who made civil rights and affirmative action cornerstone causes of his political career, will be turned into meeting space, offices and a gallery to showcase mementos of Mitchell’s life and career in Congress. Mitchell died in 2007 at age 85. He served 16 years in Congress. Hugo Kugiya/The Baltimore Banner.

FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF JULY SHOOTING PLAN TO SUE B’MORE, STATE: The families of two people killed and two people injured in the July shooting in the Brooklyn Homes community are planning to sue the city and state over the incident. Penelope Blackwell/The Baltimore Banner.

MO CO SUPERINTENDENT DISCUSSES SCHOOL ISSUES: At a recent breakfast meeting, Karla Silvestre, the president of the Montgomery County Board of Education, discussed issues that the school system is facing including the investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by a school principal, how to support students and schools during the Israel-Hamas war, the school district’s climate initiatives, the electric school bus program and some budget details. Elia Griffin/MoCo 360.

UMCP ALTERS QUARANTINE POLICY AFTER U.S. HOUSE ANNOUNCES PROBE: The University of Maryland, College Park will now allow residential students who test positive for COVID-19 to quarantine on campus, a policy shift that comes three weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic announced an investigation into the school’s isolation policies that had students whose home was within 300 miles of campus to relocate there for five days. Caitlyn Freeman/The Baltimore Sun.

CARROLL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS NEW HQ FOR ELECTIONS OFFICE: During the Board of Carroll County Commissioners regular weekly meeting today, officials are scheduled to discuss creating new office and warehouse space for the Board of Elections at Airport Square in Westminster. Sherry Greenfield/The Carroll County Times.

FORMER SECTY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS GEORGE W. OWINGS III DIES AT 78: A Vietnam-era Marine veteran and “Beach Kid” who made an impact on Maryland’s armed forces community as Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs, died in his home county of Calvert, on Oct. 31. George W. Owings III was 78. Marty Madden/Southern Maryland News.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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