The United for Maryland Political Action Committee held a Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ forum on Saturday, October 14, at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus.
Six of the eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates participated, including Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, former NAACP president Ben Jealous, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, state Sen. Rich Madaleno, tech entrepreneur and former Obama official Alec Ross and former policy director to Michelle Obama and State Department official Krishanti Vignarajah.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who entered the race this past Thursday, and Jim Shea were unable to attend because of previous engagements.
Nearly 300 people turned out on Saturday to hear from and meet with the six gubernatorial candidates.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D), a progressive hero in Maryland politics, concluded the forum by giving a riveting speech about progressive activism at the federal level and spoke about the opposition to President Donald J. Trump.
The forum began at 2:00 p.m. with moderator introductions and candidate opening statements. The moderator asked several questions of the candidates ranging from education, jobs, the environment, transportation, etc. The candidates were also asked to name the policy they most oppose that Republican Gov. Larry Hogan supports. The forum did not permit the audience to ask questions of the candidates.
A Miner Detail captured video of the forum.