I like to try and keep up with the various forums happening around Howard County…and this should be a good one. As a note – I took the following information from a public Facebook post from Sherman Howell – and I bolded certain segments of the post.

MARYLAND COMMUNITY POLITICAL FORUM FOR PRIMARY ELECTION
Hosted by
The African American Coalition of Howard County (AACHC)
and
Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Forum Dedicated to the “March for Our Lives” –
Those who are using their voices to make America safer
Location: St. John Baptist Church
9055 Tamar Drive
Columbia, MD 21045
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
7:30am to 2:45 pm
AGENDA
7:30am Arrival and Sign-in Alpha Achievers
7:45am Welcome Rev. Dr. Robert A. F. Turner
President, African American Coalition of Howard County
7:55am Opening Remarks and Forum Overview Yvonne A. Howell
Co-Chair, Social Action
Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
8:05am Howard County School Board Candidates Panel Moderator: Charles Franklin
Alpha Achievers
8:50am Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Panel Moderator:
9:35am Howard County Executive Candidates Panel Moderator:
10:05am Howard County Council Candidates Panel Moderator:
11:05am Maryland Comptroller & Attorney General Candidates Panel Moderator:
11:35pm Special Presentation: Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Liz Banach
Outreach Chair
11:45pm U.S. Senator & U.S. House of Representatives Candidates Panel
Moderator:
12:30pm Maryland State Senate & Delegate Candidates Panel
Moderator:
1:30pm Clerk of the Court, Judge of Orphans Court, Register of Wills Candidates Panel
Moderator:
1:45pm State’s Attorney & Sheriff Candidates Panel
Moderator:
2:00pm Maryland Democratic & Republican Central Committees Candidates Panel
Moderator:
2:45pm Closing Yvonne A. Howell
Below, sample of Howard County’s concerns . . .
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 Our kids, as stated at “March for our Lives,” must have a safer place to learn
 In what ways are you standing for the kids
 Affordable housing and economic opportunities for minorities in the multibillion-dollar redevelopment in downtown Columbia
 The U.S. healthcare system (Medicare, Medicaid) and the services provided for the underserved
 How is the Howard County Public School System servicing minority students; Are we limiting funds for educational resources
 The impact of population growth in Howard County on public services (i.e., law enforcement, fire service, community centers); Increased concern about crime and safety
 Racial and gender inequalities in wages, income and wealth; lack of diversity in corporate leadership positions
 The impact of changing priorities at the presidential and federal levels (in Washington, D.C.) on Howard County
 Criminal justice system reform
 Fixing funding gaps of public schools
 Security in public schools
 Opioids public health crises
 Becoming more energy efficient
 Impact of Trump’s recent tax cut on the poor (Associated Press –“poor Americans don’t fare well under Trump’s tax cut plan”)
 Tariff and the working poor(Washington Post – “Why Trump’s trade plan could be a tax on the poor”
 Washington Post — The sweeping Trump tax overhaul could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services
 Greater market access to China
– Medicaid and new attempt to apply it to work.
– On “leadership,” according to the Washington Post, (“Even among Harvard MBAs, few black women ever reach corporate America’s top rungs”) there are no black female CEOs leading companies in the S&P 500 index,” many S&P corporations right here in Maryland.
– Isn’t there a better way than locking up so many Marylanders?
`- Why are there disagreements between the Howard County Administration and the Howard County Affordability Committee as to the amount of future projected income for the county. Are we hoarding funds while we’re limiting education funds? Population is growing in Howard County Schools and historically Black kids progress better in small class size. The latter requires more classroom space and more teacher to be hired
– One of Columbia’s elite neighborhood website is consumed with discussions of crime and fear that results from such activity.
– Economic, wage and inequality
– Again, as to education, now is the time to thanks students Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for taking the lead in way s to secure our school. For nothing undercut learning of kids, especially black kids, than trying to learn in an insecure educational environment (i.e., KKK during Jim Crow days).
– Challenges and priorities in Washington. Are we killing democracy? Remember it was America’s democratic principles that Blacks used during the Civil Rights Movement to put laws of justice on the books.
Additionally, questions will be taken from the audience.
We express our gratitude for the support of the following co-sponsors:
 Waring Mitchell Law Society of Howard County, MD  African-Americans in Howard County (AAIHC)
 Tau Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
 African-American Community Roundtable (AACR)  Howard County, MD NAACP
Please join AACHC in our Get-Out-The-Vote activities with local organizations. Locations will be announced soon.
EVERYONE: Please remember to sign-in when you arrive. Also, please indicate if you can drive people to the election polls on June 26th and/or November 6th.
CANDIDATES/CURRENT ELECTED OFFICIALS: Please sign the Candidates/Elected Officials sign-in sheet when you arrive so you may be introduced.
Thank you for your participation!!!
Note: Below picture is from the 2016 Political Forum. Join us at this 2018 Political Forum letting the 230 invited candidates know that Howard County is deeply concerned about its present and future.
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Here is the image floating around on social media:

I am betting that this will be a highly attended event…so if you want to meet some candidates running this election cycle…be sure to make it out to this event.
Scott E
Update: View photos from the forum

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