Maryland gubernatorial candidates speak about the environment at a forum in College Park

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Ten of Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates spoke about the environment Tuesday at a candidates’ forum at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Each person highlighted their policies on ways to improve the environment as state lawmakers continue to debate comprehensive legislation that includes net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, cuts statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 2006 levels by 2030 and construction of new buildings to use electricity for hearing and hot water as opposed to natural gas and fuel oil.

“Maryland LCV uses political action and education to fight for clean water, healthy air and a resilient community for all Marylanders,” said Kim Coble, executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and the Organization Education Fund.

The league co-sponsored Tuesday’s forum with Maryland Matters and other groups. A similar forum also focusing on the environment was held Wednesday at Goucher College in Towson.

Tuesday’s forum included eight Democrats, one Republican and one Libertarian.

Democrats included: former nonprofit executive Jon Baron; former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler; Ashwani Jain, former official in the administration of President Barack Obama; former US Secretary of Education John King Jr.; author and former nonprofit executive Wes Moore; Laura Neuman, former Anne Arundel County Executive; former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez; Jérôme Segal, founder of the former Pains et Roses party.

Perennial candidate and former state deputy Robin Ficker of Montgomery County was the only Republican present.

Libertarian candidate David Lashar of Annapolis rounds out the top 10.

Four candidates did not appear in either debate, including Republican nominees former Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and Del. Daniel Cox, who represents parts of Carroll and Frederick counties.

The two Democratic candidates who did not run are former Prince George County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

The Maryland Democratic Party will hold its second “Burgers and Brews” gubernatorial candidates’ forum in Frederick on Tuesday, focusing on transportation. Some people will be allowed to attend in person, but you can also register to view it online.

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