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Q&A: Ralph Jaffe rails on ‘corrupt’ politicians and media, and explains why hes running for governor (again)

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Ralph Jaffe’s war chest for his campaign to be Maryland’s next governor is $415. You read that right.

Q&A: Krish Vignarajah on her Baltimore roots, fighting for moms, education funding and her campaign for governor

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Photo via Krish for Maryland

Krishanti Vignarajah, 38, is proud of the factors that distinguish her from her competitors seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the November general election. Beyond the most obvious difference—aside from her, it’s an all-male Democratic primary field—the former Obama administration State Department senior advisor and policy director for Michelle Obama says she stands alone as the only immigrant in the running, having left civil war-plagued Sri Lanka with her parents for Baltimore when she was a child.

“I had the luck of living a life that allowed me to go from Woodlawn High to the White House,” she says. “And I don’t want my life story to be the exception. I want it to be the rule.”

Q&A: Rich Madaleno discusses his tenure in Annapolis, the $15 minimum wage fight and his campaign to be Maryland’s next governor

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Among the eight candidates running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination this June, only state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) and Del. Rushern Baker (D-Prince George’s County, from 1994-2003) have ever served in a state-level elected office. A resident of Kensington, an affluent suburb several miles north of the D.C.-Maryland border, Madaleno is now in his 16th year in Annapolis–a quality that he says makes him the most qualified contestant to beat Gov. Larry Hogan in the November election.

Q&A: Gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea on boosting transportation accessibility, teaming up with Brandon Scott, and more

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At 65 and standing well under six feet tall, Jim Shea says he often tells people that when he started as a managing partner of Venable LLP, “I was 6’8″ and had a full head of hair, and 22 years later, I don’t.”

Q&A: Ben Jealous talks universal health care, weed, his progressive roots and more

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Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Ben Jealous might just be the only gubernatorial candidate for 2018 who could bolster his run by getting handcuffed at the White House.

Big Fish: Jackie Caldwell is On A Mission For Mondawmin

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Jaqueline Caldwell. Photo via the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.

As President of the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council since 2012, Jacqueline (Jackie) Caldwell is the Godmother of Mondawmin — righting wrongs, fighting crime, improving housing, raising money, boosting spirits and attending meeting after meeting with elected officials to make sure Mondawmin is, in her words, “at the table and not on the menu.” That’s in her spare time. In her day job at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, she dispenses grant money to organizations central to the foundation’s mission.

Big Fish: Gubernatorial Candidate and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

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County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s race for Maryland governor is fueled by his experience as a Baltimore County public servant and an open disdain for the state’s current leadership.

Big Fish: 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate and Tech Entrepreneur Alec Ross

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Photo courtesy of Alec Ross for Governor

Alec Ross first came to Maryland 23 years ago when he was assigned to be a sixth-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School as part of the Teach For America program. He had just graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in history, and he immediately developed a strong affection for Baltimore.

Requiem

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This was going to be a column about my new kitchen counters, and about how you shouldn’t live with things you hate, and then we heard the news from Las Vegas. We were coming home from a college tour in upstate New York, from eating delicious Italian food in Syracuse, from spending time with our dear friend who teaches up there. We were sleepy, sated, a little stressed out about this and that. An ordinary Monday, awash in blessings.

Big Fish: Sue Sadler, the New Head of the Bryn Mawr School, Is All About The Girls

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Bryn Mawr’s new head of school, Sue Sadler, with students at the start of the school year.

In her second week into the new school year, Sue Sadler seems upbeat and at-ease. Her official start as the new head at the Bryn Mawr School was July 1, and she’s spent the past few months settling-in at Bryn Mawr and in Baltimore. She’s eager and ready to lead.

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