Politics for Breakfast: Maryland Candidates for Governor Serve Up Buffet of Answers

On December 14th, 2017 the state’s candidates for Governor dined and then digested many of the controversial issues of the day at the Committee for Montgomery’s (CfM) Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center.

Moderator: Josh Kurtz, Founder and Editor of Maryland Matters


Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Founder, Global Policy Solutions

Ben Jealous, Former President/CEO, NAACP

Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

Rich Madaleno, State Senator, Montgomery County (District 18)

Alec Ross, Former Senior Adviser, U.S. State Department

Jim Shea, Former Chair, Venable LLP

Krishanti Vignarajah, Former Policy Director, First Lady Michelle Obama

Invited Participant: Larry Hogan, Governor


With a board made up of leaders from business, non-profit, labor, education and civic organizations, Committee for Montgomery formed more than twenty five years ago to encourage recognition that all residents of the County share common interests and needs that can be met through sound public policy. CfM works with elected officials at the State level of government to enact those policies. 

Josh Kurtz, the Founder and Editor of the fast growing political website, Maryland Matters, was the moderator. "The Committee for Montgomery Annual Legislative Breakfast is a powerhouse event, so it's not surprising that the candidates for Governor want to be there, says Kurtz.  “It's early in the campaign and they're refining their messages, so it ought to be illuminating and fun.”

Media Contacts:   

Adam Pagnucco  acp1629@hotmail.com

Jim Neustadt  neustadtjim@gmail.com

News stories about the 2017 Breakfast:

Democratic Candidates for Md Governor Urge More Spending on Schools, Transit (Washington Post)

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Make Their Case in Montgomery County (Bethesda Magazine)

News Roundup (Maryland Reporter)