Baltimore Debates Were Missing a Couple Candidates

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Flowers takes center stage (via WJZ-TV)
Flowers takes center stage (via WJZ-TV)

Presidential debates are over for this election cycle, but there’s still plenty of local political discourse. That’s a good thing for voters looking to weigh in on the U.S. Senate race in Maryland and the mayoral race in Baltimore. Trouble is, not all of the candidates attended for a couple of different reasons.

WYPR radio’s Midday hosted the mayoral candidates who will contend in the Nov. 8 election on Tuesday. Republican Alan Walden, the Green Party’s Joshua Harris and write-in candidate Sheila Dixon all took the mic. Democratic Party nominee Catherine Pugh, however, was not there. Pugh canceled the appearance on Friday, WYPR reported. Since¬†she is predicted to win the race, Pugh is likely playing it safe. But she missed some good discussion on the future of Baltimore. It’s worth a listen.

A candidate for the U.S. Senate didn’t get a chance to appear in that race’s debate for a completely different reason. Green Party candidate Margaret Flowers wasn’t invited to a debate between Democrat Chris Van Hollen and Republican Kathy Szeliga. So, Flowers took the stage herself. CBS Baltimore has video of Flowers taking the stage at the beginning of the debate and asking to be included. Despite the effort, she was still excluded because she is not polling at 15 percent. At least they had to say it to her face. The full debate airs Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

For those interested in exercising their civic duty prior to Nov. 8, early voting in Maryland starts Thursday.



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