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Brown, Hogan make pitches to county officials

Brown, Hogan make pitches to county officials

— Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan promised government officials from across the state Saturday that he would usher in a "new era of state and county cooperation," while Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown vigorously defended Maryland's strategy for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

The two candidates appeared separately on stage at the closing session of the Maryland Association of Counties summer convention. It was one of the closer encounters the two have had since winning their party primaries June 24, but too distant to resemble a debate.

Hogan, going first, slammed the record of the O'Malley-Brown administration on virtually every front,...