The AFRO: Maryland Democratic candidates talk crime, integrity, gas prices in gubernatorial debate – fail to address COVID concerns in public schools

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In a televised debate on June 6, eight of 10 democratic candidates for Maryland’s gubernatorial race met to debate ahead of the primary election on July 19. 

The hour-long debate for the upcoming gubernatorial election was recorded by Maryland Public Television. No audience was present besides the MPT News Anchor Jeff Salkin, who hosted the debate, a handful of journalists, crew, and three panelists who asked the candidates questions.

The legendary Clarence “C4” Mitchell IV, former state senator of Maryland’s 44th legislative district and current host of “Mornings with C4 and Bryan Nehman,” asked what the men will do about gas prices and crime. WBAL’s veteran reporter Deborah Weiner asked the men about their integrity- which sparked a war of words.

Candidates were given a minute to answer each question- or not answer the questions posed.

The third question of the debate, asked by AFRO News Editor Alexis Taylor, was shied away from by most of the men looking to be the next governor of Maryland. Taylor spoke of school conditions prior to the arrival of COVID-19 and how the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated every issue already faced by students, teachers and administrators. 

“How will you navigate our schools through the pandemic as it continues and the numbers rise?” Taylor asked.

…Baron said that his top priority would be to provide high-quality tutoring to every 1st and 2nd grader and “recruit an army of people from the community including recent retirees and college graduates to provide that tutoring.”

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