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Tell us which candidate has the best ideas, not the most money

Gov. Larry Hogan has more than $9 million in the bank for his re-election effort this year, his campaign said, giving him a sizable cash advantage over his potential Democratic rivals. (Ulysses Muñoz, Pam Wood / Baltimore Sun video)

As the Maryland gubernatorial race heats up, it’s certainly interesting to see campaign finance details roll in for each of the candidates (“Gov. Larry Hogan has large cash advantage over Democratic rivals, with over $9M in the bank,” Jan 18). But as a voter, I’m more interested in the strength of the candidates’ platforms than the strength of their bank accounts.

With so many important issues facing Maryland and the country, I would hate to see strong candidates discounted this early in the race because of a lack of funds. Of all the issues facing our state, I’m particularly concerned about climate change. The many disasters we saw in 2017 show just how serious the threat of further global warming is, and we know that our continued reliance on fossil fuels is the main driver of this crisis.

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Given the seriousness of the threat, especially in Maryland with our 3,000 miles of coastline, I’m disappointed that the candidates running for governor don’t have stronger stances on this. Do they support moving away from fossil fuels and transitioning to 100 percent clean energy? We haven’t heard yet, but candidates have an easy way to lead on the issue: get behind the legislation soon to be introduced by Del. Shane Robinson that would make Maryland a leader in the clean energy economy and move our state to 100 percent clean energy by 2035.

I hope all candidates, regardless of the size of their war chest, will support this strong bill in 2018.

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Jean Cushman, Towson

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