Politics for Breakfast

Maryland Candidates for Governor to Serve Up Buffet of Answers


Media Contacts:

Adam Pagnucco


Jim Neustadt



Bethesda - November 16, 2017 – It’s time for the Maryland 2018 Governor’s race to start cooking. On December 14th, 2017 the state’s candidates for Governor will dine and then digest 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.


Who:  Candidates for Governor

What: One-Hour Panel Discussion

When: December 14, 2017, 7am-10am

Where: Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Moderator: Josh Kurtz, Founder and Editor of Maryland Matters


Confirmed Participants:

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. “This forum provides an early look at the candidates as the election is now just seven months away,” says CfM’s Chair, Marilyn Balcombe.  “This is a great opportunity to see all of the candidates in one setting.”


Josh Kurtz, the Founder and Editor of the fast growing political website, Maryland Matters, is 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.”


Members of the media are invited. Details regarding credentials, parking, access to candidates and other logistics will be relayed to you in the week prior to the event.