"I know what working capital is; I know what it means to hire people," he said.

Cummings, he said, doesn't care about the business owners. As Jacobs said about Ruppersberger, Mirabile said Cummings is not present in his district, particularly in western Howard County.

"Most of the residents, if not all of them, especially the farmers, have never seen Elijah Cummings," he said.

Mirabile said he plans to be a "citizens' politician" who will bring residents' voice back to Washington.


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"Who's in your wallet?" he asked the crowd. Answering his own question, Mirabile said the Democrats in Washington "have been deep in our wallets spending our money like it's water."

Eric Knowles, the Republican candidate running in District 3 against Democratic incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes, was unable to attend the rally.

School board hopeful

Bob Ballinger, one of six candidates for three open seats on the nonpartisan Board of Education, also spoke at the rally, discussing questions he's been asked during various candidate forums.

One of those questions is what he would do differently than the current board.

"The first thing I would do is stop suing each other, stop spending $60,000 as of now to remove a member," Ballinger said, citing the lawsuits and the board attempt to oust current school board member Allen Dyer.

He added, "I'm not going to be a person that holds grudges and be upset and call each other names. ... I'm going to be a team builder and a leader on the school board if I'm elected."

Ballinger, who has long been open about his Republican beliefs, also talked about his belief in school choice and wanting to create a school system budget that's more "fiscally sound."

In the coming months, the candidates will square off against their opponents in various debates and forums. The League of Women Voters of Howard County is holding a forum for school board candidates on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the school system's TV studio at the Applications and Research Lab in Ellicott City. A forum for congressional candidates is scheduled for Oct. 2. at 7 p.m. in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.