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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has scheduled an announcement widely expected to be about his political future.

Kamenetz, a Democrat who has been weighing a run for governor, says he'll be making a special announcement in Towson on Monday.

Sean Naron, a campaign spokesman, declined to comment Sunday afternoon on the nature of the announcement.

Kamenetz has been county executive since December 2010.

The Democratic primary for governor is a crowded one for next year's election.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Ralph Northam has surged to a campaign fundraising edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race in Virginia.

The latest campaign finance reports for July and August were filed late Friday.

They show that Northam went from a $1.5 million cash-on-hand disadvantage on July 1 to a $3 million edge as of Aug. 30.

Northam's campaign now has a balance of about $5.6 million, compared to $2.6 million for Gillespie's campaign.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for stricter gun laws says it will pump at least $1 million into state races in Virginia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is donating $450,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. It also plans to spend another $250,000 on campaign mailers to support him.

The group is also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid. The Democrat is facing attacks ads from the National Rifle Association.

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The Democratic race for governor in Maryland is becoming crowded. Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea decided to enter the race but he is hardly a household name on the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate during his visit to the area to talk about his campaign.

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With Maryland state elections looming next year Republican Governor Larry Hogan is riding high with an approval rating of over 60 percent in the public opinion polls. In our final segment Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the prospects for his Democratic party going int0 2018.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The longtime mayor of a popular Delaware beach town has been ousted after more than 25 years in office.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, who first took office in 1990, was defeated in municipal elections Saturday by Paul Kuhns, who currently serves as one of six city commissioners.

Kuhns garnered 761 votes, while Cooper got 543 votes.

In other results, incumbent Kathy McGuiness and newcomer Lisa Schlosser were elected commissioners.

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Former Mayor Jim Ireton who now occupies a seat on the Salisbury City Council has decided to make a run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County.

During his announcement on the steps of the Government Office Building he said his decision was about public service.

Ireton sited his administrative experience as mayor overseeing a city government of 400 people with a budget of more than $50 million.

The clerk position is locally elected and oversees civil, criminal and juvenile responsibilities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former aide to Michelle Obama is running for governor of Maryland.

Krish Vignarajah announced Wednesday she is entering the race for the Democratic nomination. She has scheduled an official campaign kick-off for Sept. 19.

She says she's running because she is worried her daughter won't have the same opportunities she has had.

She's the first woman to enter the race. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, has said she is thinking about running.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State auditors will review the Virginia Department of Elections after several technical problems have raised questions about the reliability of the software that powers the state's voter system.
 
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that last month, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution instructing its staff to conduct an in-depth review of the elections agency.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A government watchdog group in Maryland has released a report on how much it costs to run a campaign for state legislative offices.

Common Cause Maryland released an analysis of fundraising totals from the 2014 election cycle on Monday.

It found that state senators averaged about $290,000 in campaign contributions from 2011 to 2014. That's compared to a nearly $80,000 average for delegates.

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TYSONS, Va. (AP) - A second debate in Virginia's closely watched governor's race has been scheduled for September.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will participate in a debate Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Capital One headquarters in Tysons.

NBC journalist Chuck Todd, who hosts "Meet the Press," will serve as moderator.

The Northern Virginia Chamber and George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government are hosting the event.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says she is "strongly considering" running for governor of Maryland.

Rockeymoore Cummings, a Democrat, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the health care debate in Washington has shown that Republicans in the nation's capital are not considering the needs of women, children and minorities.

She says more decisions about important issues like health care will fall to state leaders, where governors will have a lot of say in who gets needed services.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie is starting the general election campaign for governor with a more than $1.5 million cash advantage over Democrat Ralph Northam.

New campaign finance reports released late Monday show Gillespie and Northam both raised nearly $2 million in June, but Gillespie has $3.3 million in the bank compared to Northam's $1.7 million.

Northam spent heavily to defeat primary challenger Tom Perriello. Gillespie did not spend as much to win the GOP primary, but was nearly upset by underfunded insurgent candidate Corey Stewart.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - State Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. is launching his candidacy for governor of Maryland.

Media outlets report that the Montgomery County Democrat plans to kick off his campaign Monday at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville. Madaleno is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has said he'll seek a second term next year.

The leading Hogan critic has been a member of the Senate since 2007, after spending four years in the House of Delegates. He was the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Senate.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's elections commissioner says she will not provide voter registration data to President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud.

Commissioner Elaine Manlove says after being inundated with calls from concerned citizens and talking to her agency's attorney, she has decided not to provide any voter registration data to Trump's commission, including data that is currently available to the public.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea says he's running for governor.

Shea announced Thursday night he will seek the Democratic nomination in next year's June primary.

Shea worked as a Maryland assistant attorney general before joining the Venable law firm in Baltimore in 1983. He later became Venable's managing partner before becoming chairman. He also served on the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents and served as chairman.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is running for governor of Maryland.

In a campaign video released Wednesday, Baker said he's running "to build a future that works for all of us." In the video, Baker discusses his work as county executive in the state's second-largest jurisdiction, touting crime reductions and progress in education and economic development.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats are promising party unity after a hotly contested primary battle for governor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello urged Democrats to work together in this year's general election.

Their comments came Saturday evening at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

Northam defeated Perriello last week in a primary contest. Perriello said Saturday he "fully" endorses Northam.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ralph Northam has won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, defeating an insurgent challenger backed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

The lieutenant governor secured victory thanks in part to his longer time on the campaign trail and fundraising advantage. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

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Virginia voters have begun casting their votes in the state's closely watched primary contests for governor that could be an early referendum on President Donald Trump.

Polls in Tuesday's primary races are open until 7 p.m.

The Democratic primary contest has been a hard fought battle between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the state party establishment's favorite, and insurgent candidate Tom Perriello. Both candidates have pledged fierce opposition to Trump and his policies.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians are set to head to the polls Tuesday to pick a Republican and Democratic candidate in the closely watched race for governor.

The Old Dominion is one of only two states electing governors this year, and the primary could illustrate how voters feel about President Donald Trump's early months and the kind of response they want from Democratic candidates.

The highest profile contest is on the Democratic side, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is in a close race with former congressman Tom Perriello.

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Former president of the NAACP Ben Jealous has launched his bid to become governor of Maryland.

He made the announcement yesterday and he is the second Democrat join the race to unseat incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

The 44 year-old Jealous has been an outspoken progressive who backed Bernie Sanders last year in the Democratic presidential primary.

Taking aim at Hogan he charged that the governor has aligned himself the extreme members of the President Trump’s administration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous is scheduled to announce his run for governor of Maryland.

Jealous has scheduled a news conference Wednesday at Baltimore Blossoms, a flower store opened by his cousin Rachelle after the unrest in Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

The 44-year-old Jealous was the youngest person ever elected to lead the nation's largest civil rights group. He was president of the Baltimore-based NAACP from 2008 to 2013.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has upheld a 2015 school district election in which residents approved a property tax increase, despite finding that the district's advocacy for the tax hike violated the state's constitution.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Elections is urging Virginians to register to vote ahead of the June 13 primary elections.

Monday is the voter registration deadline for the primary.

Eligible Virginians can use the department's online voter registration system to check their registration status, update their information or register to vote for the first time.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie is blasting Democratic rivals over labor laws with the help of two neighboring GOP governors.

Gillespie hosted a conference call for reporters Monday with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to praise Virginia's longstanding prohibition on mandatory union fees and dues.

Gillespie, who is competing in three-way race for the Republican nomination, criticized Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam for both explicit and implied opposition to Virginia's so-called right-to-work law.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, says she won't run for Congress.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic hopefuls for Virginia governor are clashing over party loyalty and leadership qualities.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam blasted former congressman Tom Perriello at a Richmond debate Tuesday over his conservative congressional voting record while Perriello criticized Northam for twice voting for former President George W. Bush.

The two got into a testy exchange where Northam said Perriello should not throw stones from a "glass house" while Perriello said Northam was making false and "sad" attacks.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. says he'll run for governor of Maryland.

The Washington Post reports that the Montgomery County Democrat announced Sunday that he will seek the party's nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. He made the announcement during a rally around dedicated Metro funding.

Hogan has said he'll seek a second term, but hasn't formally launched his campaign.

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Democrats Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello are arguing over who can better appeal to rural Virginia voters who supported President Donald Trump in last year's election.

Northam and Perriello met in Roanoke for their second debate Thursday.

Both said they were confident they could win over rural voters who largely vote Republican. Northam cited his rural upbringing on the Eastern Shore while Perriello noted his experience representing a congressional district with many voters.

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