Guzzone, Pendergrass, Siddiqui and Eiland attended the forum, while Turner sent a proxy to address the Democratic club.

Siddiqui, who named education as a top priority, said for seven years she had focused “on the whole child” in the Board of Education. “And now I’m ready to move on and focus on the whole community,” she said.

Eiland said a focus on both transportation and education was essential to improving the community. “Education goes along with transportation because if you don’t educate people they can’t learn to work,” he said. “We have to take care of our roads because if we don’t, bridges are going to start falling in Maryland like they’ve fallen all over the country.”

Pendergrass said jobs creation was a focus for her in the legislature. “I don’t think there is a magic answer, a simple answer, and I don’t have it if there is,” she said. But, “investing state dollars in education has been a priority for us.”

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District 9 state Senate candidate Daniel Medinger and District 9A candidates Ward Morrow and Wally Carson also attended the forum, but were only asked one question because they aren’t facing a primary race.  

Brown/Ulman campaign opens Howard County headquarters

More than 200 supporters filled the new Howard County headquarters of the Anthony Brown/Ken Ulman gubernatorial campaign Sunday afternoon at an event celebrating the center's launch.

The new headquarters is located in the shopping center at 8865 Stanford Boulevard. 

Stump speeches from both candidates and Rep. Elijah Cummings focused on Howard County's accomplishments under Ulman – the Healthy Howard health care program, low unemployment, top schools and a nationally ranked library system – as well as under Brown, who is currently Maryland's lieutenant governor.

Addressing supporters, Brown called Howard County “the work horse leading the way for the state of Maryland,” and said a recent poll showing his ticket in the lead for the Democratic primary race was no reason to become “complacent.”

“Don't let the poll numbers, fundraising, don't let anything fool us,” he said. “We've got a fight for the next four months” ahead of the primary June 24.

“I like the Howard initiative,” Brown said after the speech. “The work that has been done in collaboration with parents, educators and government to create the quality of schools in Howard County ... Howard County is a model” that the state can look to.

Bates endorses Schmidt for Council

Republican Del. Gail Bates has endorsed Ellicott City resident Kevin Schmidt in his bid for the County Council District 1 seat. 

"Kevin Schmidt brings an experienced, innovative, and intelligent voice to county government and he has the strength to stand up to the entrenched ideologies that are satisfied with the status quo," Bates said in a statement. " I’ve been impressed by Kevin’s passion for community, as well as by his values and good humor."

Schmidt, the director of government relations for Smiths Detection in Washington, D.C., is the only Republican candidate so far to run in District 1. Four Democrats have also filed for the seat. The filing deadline is Feb. 25.