By Joe Murchison
This fall, Laurel and College Park voters will help elect a new governor for the first time in eight years — possibly the state’s first African American governor — and will help decide whether recreational marijuana use is legalized.
There are numerous other federal, state and county races on the ballot, although an unusual number of candidates are unopposed.
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 18. To register, order a mail-in ballot or verify your polling place, go to princegeorgescountymd.gov/559/Board-of-Eections.
Early voting runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road and at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue. There also is a drop-off box at that location for mail-in ballots.
General Election Day is Nov. 8. Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The following information is taken from candidates’ websites:
Republican Dan Cox is a lawyer and state delegate. He pledges to end vaccine and mask mandates, stop race and transgender indoctrination in schools, support police, lower taxes and ensure election security. His running mate is Gordana Schifanelli.
Democrat Wes Moore is an Army veteran, author and national nonprofit executive. He pledges to work for world-class public schools, increase health-care access, advocate for equity and social justice, develop clean energy and protect reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights. His running mate is Aruna Miller.
Republican Barry Glassman is a former Harford County executive and state senator. He touts his governmental experience and pledges efficiency and opposition to new taxes.
Democrat Brooke Lierman is a civil and disability rights attorney and state delegate. She vows to lend support to small businesses, save money on state procurements, address the state’s racial wealth gap and protect the state employees’ pension system.
Democrat Anthony Brown is a congressman and former lieutenant governor. He pledges to expand voter access, legalize cannabis, protect reproductive rights and limit gun violence.
Republican Michael Peroutka is a lawyer and former Anne Arundel County councilman. He pledges to prosecute public officials who illegally limit citizens’ freedoms, protect gun rights, oppose abortion, restore election integrity and fight illegal immigration.
Republican Chris Chaffee is the owner of a building and contracting business. He pledges to work for smaller and more efficient government, strengthen the military and defeat ISIS, cut off the entry of refugees pending better vetting, protect gun rights, eliminate the Affordable Care Act and get government out of education.
Democrat Chris Van Hollen is an attorney and incumbent U.S. senator who previously served in the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives. His priorities include improving the state’s infrastructure, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, improving schools, preventing gun violence, increasing access to health care and making the economy more inclusive.
Congress – District 4
Democrat Glenn Ivey is an attorney, former congressional staffer and former Prince George’s County state’s attorney. He pledges to work for well-paying jobs, a more equitable economy, access to affordable health care, and housing and criminal justice reform.
Republican Jeff Warner is a church pastor. He pledges to work for lower inflation and lower taxes, job growth, crime reduction, school choice and renewing the nation’s spiritual heritage.
State Senate – District 21
Republican Lee Havis is a former college professor and founder and director of the International Montessori Society. He vows to assure election integrity, promote school choice, reduce regulation, combat illegal immigration, support strict enforcement of laws and increase freedom to choose health care.
Democrat Jim Rosapepe is incumbent state senator and former U.S. ambassador to Romania. His priorities include working for better schools, more affordable college, safer streets and more jobs in the community.
The following candidates are unopposed:
State House of Delegates – District 21
Prince George’s County Executive
Prince George’s County Council – At Large
Prince George’s County Council – Dist. 1
Circuit Court Judge – Circuit 7
Carol Ann Coderre
Judges, Court of Special Appeals At Large
Clerk of Circuit Court
Mahasin El Amin
Register of Wills
Judge of Orphans’ Court
Wendy Alise Cartwright
Athena Malloy Groves