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MD Matters to Co-Sponsor Climate Forums for Gubernatorial Candidates

By Maryland Matters Staff, February 21, 2022

As Marylanders attempt to make sense of the many candidates who are running for governor this year, here are a couple of events that may help voters choose: Maryland Matters is co-sponsoring two candidate forums on climate change next month.

All of the candidates for governor have been invited to both events and several have already confirmed that they plan to attend.

The first climate forum is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland at College Park. The second is a night later, Wednesday, March 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ungar Athenaeum at Goucher College in Towson.

Both events will also be live-streamed on several platforms and recorded, making them accessible to all Maryland voters.

Maryland Matters’ co-sponsors for both events are the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club Maryland chapter, Ed Hatcher and Angie Cannon. The College Park forum is also being co-sponsored by the Prince George’s County NAACP and the new Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative. The Goucher event is being co-sponsored by the Baltimore County NAACP branch.

Maryland Matters Founding Editor Josh Kurtz will be a panelist at both events, asking the candidates questions.

For the College Park event, he will be joined as a questioner on the panel by Dr. Tonya Harrison-Edwards, legislative affairs chair for the NAACP Prince George’s County Branch, and Rona Kobell, an environmental journalist who is co-director of the Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative.

At Goucher, Kurtz will be joined on the panel by Staci Hartwell of the NAACP Maryland State Conference, Stella Krajick, a Goucher College political science and environmental studies student, and one other panelist who will be announced soon.

Maryland Matters’ participation in this event is part of the “Climate Calling” project we launched last year — and another sign of our commitment to illuminating major issues in Maryland and holding political leaders to account. As part of that project, we ran interviews last fall with the nine Democratic candidates for governor who were then in the race.

For more information about the College Park event, or if you’re interested in attending, please click here.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Goucher event, or attending, please click here.

All in-person attendees must show proof of vaccinations and wear N95 or KN95 masks when indoors on the two college campuses.

Check back with Maryland Matters for more details about which candidates are participating, how to live-stream the events, and more. It should be a good, lively, substantive discussion and we’re hoping you will attend or tune in!

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