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MSBA to host Maryland gubernatorial forums in June

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is hosting nonpartisan Maryland gubernatorial forums in June, offering voters and colleagues in the legal profession an opportunity to learn candidate positions on the most pressing issues facing the state and legal vocation.

The MSBA invited all Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates to participate in these forums and does not endorse or rank political candidates.

The Democratic forum will take June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the 1,200-seat, Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center Theater  (4001 Coastal Hwy.) as part of MSBA’s Legal Summit, moderated by Baltimore Banner reporter Pamela Wood and Dick Uliano, a reporter from Washington radio station WTOP. The Republican forum will follow on June 27 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Candidates attending the Democratic forum include Rushern Baker III, Jon Baron, Doug Gansler, John King, Wes Moore, Tom Perez and Jerome Segal.

On May 31 at 7 p.m., the MSBA will host a virtual-only Republican discussion (https://www.msba.org/connect-with-the-candidates/) with candidate Kelly Shulz. The MSBA sought to hold a Republican forum at the Legal Summit, but lack of responses or late responses from candidates resulted in the decision to hold a recorded forum to stream during the conference on May 31. Several candidates then opted out with little notice to MSBA. MSBA will be seeking to host an in-person forum for all Republican candidates at the end of June.

The discussions and forums will be recorded and available to members and the public on-demand at https://www.msba.org/connect-with-the-candidates/, making them accessible to all.