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Democratic promises shouldn't carry much weight with teachers

<p>Jim Shea, Baltimore attorney and Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, speaks at a statewide teachers convention.</p>

Jim Shea, Baltimore attorney and Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, speaks at a statewide teachers convention.

(Erin Cox / Baltimore Sun)

Now the Democratic gubernatorial candidates “promise members of the state’s biggest teachers union to provide universal pre-kindergarten state wide, to raise teachers’ pay, to invest in school buildings, to better help students from high-poverty areas, and to listen to teachers more than incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan does” (“Democrats running for governor court teachers' endorsement with big promises," Oct. 21).

In 58 years, since 1959, Republicans have held the governor’s office for just eight years.

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J. Millard Tawes (D) 1959-1966, Spiro Agnew (R) 1967-1968, Marvin Mandel (D) 1968-1979, Harry Hughes (D) 1979-1987, William Donald Schaefer (D) 1987-1995, Parris Glendening (D) 1995-2003, Robert Ehrlich (R) 2003-2007, Martin O’Malley (D) 2007-2015, Larry Hogan (R) 2015 to present.

So in 50 of 58 years they have held office, what have the Democratic governors done besides create the disaster that the system is today? Do teachers really think that a Democratic governor will better the system now?

One other thing: Baltimore City has had a Democratic mayor since 1967 (the last Republican Mayor was Theodore McKeldin from 1963-1967). That is 50 years of Democratic leadership (if that is what you would like to call it), and we see what great shape this school system, and city is in today.

Chris B., Timonium

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