Week Ahead: Candidate Debate Season Gets Into Full Gear
Plus: County Council looks to reduce inmate deaths; Rockville City Council examines opioid crisis
The season of political debates will be in full swing this week, starting with a double dose Monday. Montgomery County executive candidates Marc Elrich (D), Nancy Floreen (I) and Robin Ficker (R) will square off at 7 p.m. in the County Council office building in Rockville. The debate is being hosted by the Montgomery County Sentinel. Simultaneously, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will face his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous in a televised debate, which will air at that time on Maryland Public Television.
The county executive candidates will debate two other times this week, including a 10 a.m. forum Wednesday the Universities of Shady Grove, hosted by the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, and a debate Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Gaithersburg Middle School that is sponsored by Identity Inc., a Gaithersburg nonprofit that provides social services for Latino youth and .
Also Wednesday, Montgomery County Board of Education candidates for seats representing districts 1, 3, 5 and at-large will debate at 7 p.m. in Carver Auditorium at the school board headquarters in Rockville. And that same night, candidates for District 16 in the Maryland House of Delegates will hold a forum at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, hosted by the Glen Echo Heights Citizens Association.
On Thursday there will be a debate between candidates for the House’s District 19 delegation at Aspen Hill Library at 7:30 p.m.
County Council looking at inmate suicide prevention
The Montgomery County Council’s public safety committee is considering Monday to prevent inmate suicide deaths in its county correctional facilities. This comes just weeks after the suicide of Tyler Tessier, who hung himself just prior to the start of his murder trial on Sept. 6. Tessier had been charged with the killing of his 31-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen. And on July 4, Thierry Kinshala Nkusu committed suicide shortly after being sentenced in the murder of Maria Veronica Mbunga.
Rockville City Council to discuss opioid awareness
The Rockville City Council will hear a presentation at its meeting Monday on the opioid crisis from Hagerstown City Council member Emily Keller. Keller will discuss the Washington County’s Go Purple initiative, which raises awareness of addiction through the use of community partnerships, events, T-shirts and wrist bands. In June, the council began planning a series of town hall meetings on the opioid crisis. According to the Maryland Department of Health, there were about 2,000 opioid-related deaths in the state 2017, which is up from 628 in 2007.
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