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Stacey Rodgers, chairperson for the nominations committe of the Baltimore County West Democratic Club, speaks at the opening of a forum for Democratic candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional district seat. The event was held this morning at the Randallstown Community Center. January 11, 2020
Stacey Rodgers, chairperson for the nominations committe of the Baltimore County West Democratic Club, speaks at the opening of a forum for Democratic candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional district seat. The event was held this morning at the Randallstown Community Center. January 11, 2020 (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

I appreciate Lorraine Mirabella’s reporting on the 7th Congressional District race (“Hopefuls offer vision for Cummings’ seat,” Jan. 12) and her correct statement that of the 24 Democrats vying for the seat a dozen showed up at a Democratic forum in Randallstown. Her article discussed and quoted seven of those 12, but did not even mention the other five who were clearly more relevant than candidates who did not even care to be there. She could have at least provided the names of the other five, including one who was the late Elijah Cummings’ chief of staff, one whom The Sun has reported will spend a million dollars on the campaign, and myself, who is the only candidate who is making climate change a main issue — an issue mentioned in the article’s first paragraph. I am also the only candidate with experience in government, private industry, academia and the military.

I hope that she will attend future forums and report on all of the candidates and not show favoritism to anyone. Perhaps the largest forum of the campaign will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Charlestown Retirement Community. The event is nonpartisan, and the moderator will be Phyllis Lansing of the League of Women Voters.

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Paul V. Konka, Phoenix

The writer, a Democrat, is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland’s 7th District.

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