April 25 — CUMBERLAND, Md. — Several Maryland governor hopefuls will attend a candidate forum at Frostburg State University on April 30. The event is hosted by FSU, Allegany College of Maryland and Garrett College.
Six candidates — four Democrats and two Republicans — have been confirmed for the event, which will be held at the FSU Lane Center. Participants scheduled to attend beginning Friday include Rushern Baker III (Dem.), former Prince George’s County executive; Del. Daniel Cox (representative); Robin Ficker (Rep.), former delegate; Ashwani Jain (Dem.), Assistant Director of Foreign Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services; John B. King Jr. (Dem.), Secretary of Education under Pres. Obama and author Jerome Segal (Dem.).
“It’s a great opportunity to meet and speak to the candidates,” said Ellen McDaniel-Weissler, organizer of the event. “People are really interested in what role the government will play in their lives. We hope they will take advantage of this rare opportunity.”
McDaniel-Weissler said a panel of college and high school students will ask the questions.
“There will be a combination of prepared questions and questions submitted by the audience at the event. Questions will be asked during the forum, after which there will be a reception where the candidates will mingle with the audience over food and coffee,” said McDaniel-Weissler.
The forum will be moderated by Amanda Mangan. The event is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., followed by a reception.
“No topic is off the table. We thought people would probably take the opportunity to talk to the candidates about issues they have locally, but if they want to talk about state or state issues, that’s fine too,” said McDaniel-Weissler. “We want a good exchange between residents, students and the candidates.”
The Maryland primary is on July 19.
The event is free and open to the public and will also be broadcast via live stream www.frostburg.edu/lanelive.
Questions about the forum should be directed to the FSU Office of Civil Engagement at 301-687-4210 or email: [email protected]
Greg Larry is a reporter for the Cumberland Times-News. To reach him, call 304-639-4951, email [email protected] and follow him on Twitter.