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Maryland gubernatorial candidates descend on Ocean City

These flyers advertised receptions for Harford County Executive David R. Craig -- who is running for governor -- and a potential opponent in the Republican primary, Frederick County Board of Commissioners President Blaine R. Young. (Alexander Pyles/The Daily Record)

Several elected officials who fancy themselves a candidate for governor have found an ideal audience in Ocean City this week, where officials and business leaders from many of Maryland’s more than 150 towns and cities are attending the Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is expected to address municipal leaders at a dinner Tuesday evening, where MML officers will be sworn in. Brown and running mate Ken Ulman are also expected to receive an endorsement from municipal leaders Tuesday.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat who has not yet officially declared her candidacy for governor, plans to volunteer at Diakonia Inc. – an Ocean City shelter – on Tuesday.

On the Republican side, Harford County Executive David R. Craig will attend a reception in his honor at the Clarion Resort Monday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Craig, a past president of MML while mayor of Havre de Grace, could be seen strolling through the exhibition hall at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

Blaine R. Young, president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, is also holding a reception Monday night at bayside nightspot Seacrets, where his campaign has paid for an open bar – which doesn’t begin until a half hour before Craig’s reception is scheduled to end.