JOHNS HOPKINS NEWSLETTER: Gubernatorial candidates discuss their plans for Maryland at debate

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The College Democrats of Maryland hosted a gubernatorial debate between democratic primary candidates Jon Baron and Ashwani Jain on April 15. They outlined their plans for implementing educational, environmental, infrastructural and safety policies.

Students proposed the questions that were asked during the debate. Junior Raymond Perez, the debate moderator and president of the College Democrats of Maryland, explained the purpose of the event in an email to The News-Letter. 

“I hope students take away [from the debate] that they actually do have political power and that they can be listened to by politicians,” he wrote.

In Baron’s opening statement, he emphasized that he is running for governor because he feels that he will offer a different approach to politics by solving problems using evidence-based solutions.

“Many programs, no matter how well-intentioned they may be, just don’t work, as we see too often when the results are measured,” he said. “So to make progress we have to expand solutions that don’t just sound good but have actually been tested in the real world and shown to make a big difference in people’s lives.”

Baron plans to create a Bottom Line program in Maryland. The program pairs low-income, first-generation college students with an advisor during their senior year of high school. Advisors provide students with advice on the college application process and continue to advise them throughout their college careers.

In an email to The News-Letter, Andrew Pierson, a sophomore at Towson University, highlighted the importance of Baron’s Bottom Line program.

“I really liked Jon Baron’s stance in many issues, which aligned with mine, especially about his Bottom Line program for low-income students,” he wrote….

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