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Hogan's appeal for black voters [Letter]

It was refreshing to see a conservative Republican candidate for governor visit constituents in Baltimore City and address students at a predominantly black college ("Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4).

But then again Larry Hogan is familiar with black audiences, having been raised in an all-black neighborhood in Prince George's County. "My whole upbringing is different," Mr. Hogan said. "I don't really care what the national Republicans are doing, because I'm not really involved with them. I'm just doing what I think is right here in Maryland."

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While Mr. Hogan is engaging voters everywhere, gregarious, relaxed and hitting the topic most Marylanders are concerned about — jobs and taxes — Democrat Anthony Brown is being kept behind the scenes, fearful that he will have to defend the botched health insurance exchange website which cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

I believe Mr. Hogan when he says he understands the black family experience in Prince George County and in Baltimore City. He knows because he has gotten his hands dirty to value the people he will represent.

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As a college and prep administrator at New Song Academy, and co-founder of Children's Scholarship Fund Baltimore in 1997, I wanted to be part of the solution for city families. I got my hands dirty and loved every minute of serving the hard-working and dedicated families who won the lottery in the first and only private school choice program for Baltimore City families, as well as the students heading to college from West Baltimore from New Song Academy.

This change can only come from the voters in this next election. Yes, the majority of Baltimore City voters are African-American and the same goes for Prince George County. Yet Mr. Hogan is white. This governor's race is not about skin color but about who brings fresh ideas to old problems.

Suzanna Duvall, Baltimore

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