Thursday, June 30, 2022

Armed robbery in Glenmont

Montgomery County police responded to a report of an armed robbery in Glenmont yesterday morning. The robbery was reported in the 2300 block of Glenallan Avenue, near the Glenmont Metro station and Glenmont Metrocentre townhome development, at 5:05 AM. A firearm was the weapon employed in the robbery.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Another school vandalism in Takoma Park

Last week, Takoma Park Middle School was vandalized. Yesterday, Takoma Park police say, a custodian at Takoma Park Elementary School called to report their school had been damaged over the night. A window had been broken, just like at Takoma Park MS, and a screen on another window had been torn off. Police did not say whether they believe the two incidents are connected, however.

If you have any information regarding this vandalism, Takoma Park police ask that you call them at 301-270-1100. Refer to case number 220027746 when calling.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Hans Riemer TV ad makes closing argument he is the "Best Guy" for Montgomery County Executive

Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer (D - At Large) is launching an ad blitz on cable, streaming services, and - tomorrow - broadcast television, to make the closing argument that he is the "best guy" to serve as Montgomery County Executive. Interspersed with scenes of Riemer with family and meeting constituents around the county, the ad takes some sharp swipes at his opponents in the July 19 Democratic primary, businessman David Blair and incumbent County Executive Marc Elrich.

"Blair's tryin' to buy it," the narrator says over an image of a business-suited Blair, who has spent record amounts of his own money in his two campaigns for the executive seat. According to The Washington Post, Blair has spent $2.5 million on this year's campaign, and dropped $5.4 million in his 2018 run in which he lost to Elrich by only 77 votes. The most expensive County-level campaigns in history earn him a "Rich Guy Blair" moniker in Riemer's ad.

"Current Guy" Elrich let bars stay open late, while schools were forced to stay closed, the ad recalls from recent pandemic history. The spot hones in on education issues through the narrative that Riemer is the only executive candidate with children in County public schools, that he will support univeral pre-K. Riemer will keep schools open, the narrator promises, while providing mental health services to address the widely-acknowledged impact of the pandemic and closures on children. Elrich is also criticized in the ad for blocking forced vaccinations for County employees.

Riemer, the ad concludes, is the "Best Guy" for the job. "Good thing we've got Hans Riemer," the narrator states, as a quote from the Post is superimposed on the screen citing Riemer as a " leader."

The Post, as many expected, once again endorsed Blair. But its endorsement editorial was also effusive in praise of Riemer, and notably did not criticize him, weakening its argument for Blair in the context that both men are neck-and-neck in what little polling has been done. The Post has had incredible sway over Democratic voters since it was purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos; prior to Bezos' acquisition, voters had often ignored the Post's endorsements. While the harshly anti-labor editorial board's Ahab-like pursuit of its nemesis Elrich fell short in 2018, the razor-thin margin again showed the grip the Post now has on many voters. When the Post editorial board says, "Jump!" a surprising number of voters these days ask, "How high?"

Along with the question of the Post's influence on the election result will be the impact of Republican and independent voters who plan to vote in this Democratic primary. An informal movement in 2018 has become more organized in 2022, and has been given a push by backers of Blair, a former Republican himself. Switch to the Democratic Party for July, then switch back to GOP or independent affiliation in August, voters are being told online. The suggestion has been appealing this time around for many public and private school parents furious over pandemic school closures, and County interference in the operations of private schools during that period.

Polling has suggested these party-switching voters are currently splitting their vote between Blair and Riemer. Elrich - the most popular politician in Montgomery County by total votes over the years - appears to be retaining his base of progressives and residents concerned about the overwhelming influence of developers on County zoning and planning decisions, such as the controversial Thrive 2050 plan, which would allow replacement of single-family houses with duplexes, triplexes and small apartment buildings.

The ad buy is critical for Riemer. Blair has been hitting the local TV airwaves hard for several weeks. Riemer's campaign feels it is in a good position to respond now, with a $1 million fundraising haul comprised of small donors and corresponding public financing.

“Our campaign plan is right on schedule. I’m confident that voters will pick Hans when introduced to him in what’s clearly a three way race,“ Riemer campaign manager Aziz Yakub said in a statement. “David Blair has $6 million and Marc Elrich has insider special interest groups. We have people power and motivated voters, and that will matter most on July 19th.” Upcounty businessman Peter James is also running in the Democratic primary. Early voting begins July 7.

Donald Trump phones in to rally for GOP Maryland governor candidate Dan Cox

Maryland governor hopeful Delegate Dan Cox (R) got an assist from his highest-profile endorser, President Donald Trump, at a rally this past weekend in Carroll County. "We're going to get rid of the stench of Larry Hogan," Trump vowed to rallygoers by speakerphone, referring to the current Maryland governor, who has been one of the most prominent never-Trump Republicans in America over the last six years. Hogan was again on Trump's mind, as he praised Cox as his choice over Hogan-endorsed Kelly Schulz in the contest.

"Dan is MAGA all the way and I say that very strongly," Trump said on the call, "unlike his opponent named Kelly Schulz who is, along with Larry Hogan, bad news. And I'll tell you, Larry Hogan is bad news. He's a RINO." Trump promised that Cox would do "a full forensic audit" of the 2020 election, and cut taxes and regulations. "I’ve known Dan for awhile and he’s a great, highly respected lawyer, he’s tough and smart, and as a businessman very successful. He fought really hard to expose the 2020 election scam," Trump added.

Trump also praised Cox's running mate, Gordana Schifanelli, calling her "fantastic," and the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano, who was the headlining guest of the rally. He also complimented the boisterous crowd, who chanted, "Trump, Trump, Trump!"

"Go out and get Dan Cox elected," Trump exhorted attendees at the Hampstead rally. "You’ve got to go out and you’ve got to vote for Dan Cox. I love you all and Dan, to Dan I say, you’re a great, courageous patriot, you’re going to win, and you’re going to win big." “It was a tremendous honor to host the President of the United States at my campaign Rally via live telephone," Cox said in a statement, "and once again President Trump provided a momentous point in our campaign." Former delegate Robin Ficker and attorney Joe Werner are also running for the GOP nomination in the July 19 primary. Early voting begins July 7.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Silver Spring/Wheaton fireworks displays 2022

Who needs the hassle of riding Metro downtown, or getting caught up in the Independence Day traffic, when there are many other fireworks shows right here in Montgomery County - most private - that can be viewed from nearby parking lots. Just remember not to trespass on private property. If you are within two blocks of a professional fireworks launch site, consider wearing hearing protection to avoid developing tinnitus or hearing loss, especially for children.

Let's take a look at what the fine country clubs and other organizations have in store for us this July 4th holiday of 2022:

Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Potomac

Columbia Country Club - June 28/9:10 PM
Congressional Country Club - July 3/9:15 PM
Kenwood Golf & Country Club - June 30/9:00 PM

Gaithersburg (PUBLIC)

Bohrer Park - July 2/9:20 PM

Germantown (PUBLIC)

South Germantown Recreational Park - July 4/9:15 PM
(18041 Central Park Circle in Germantown/Concert 7:00 PM/No alcohol/No pets/"Low" lawn chairs, blankets & coolers permitted)


Montgomery Country Club - July 1/9:20 PM

Poolesville (PUBLIC)

Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department at soccer fields on Hughes Road at Sugarland Road - July 4
(Event begins 5:00 PM, fireworks "after dark"/Parking $5.00/No alcohol/No pets/Coolers will be inspected)


Manor Country Club - July 1/9:00 PM
Norbeck Country Club - June 30/9:20 PM
Mattie JT Stepanek Park - July 4/9:15 PM (PUBLIC)

Silver Spring

Argyle Country Club - July 1/9:00 PM

Wheaton (PUBLIC)

Albert Einstein High School - July 2/9:15 PM
(Event begins with concert at 6:00 PM/Disabled parking only on-site/Park at Westfield Wheaton Mall beginning at 5:30 PM and take free shuttle to Einstein HS/No alcohol/No pets/"Low" lawn chairs, blankets & coolers permitted)

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers

Friday, June 24, 2022

Pizza Hut construction begins in Four Corners area of Silver Spring (Photos)

Here's an unusual sight in Montgomery County: The construction of a brand-new Pizza Hut. This one is at 10100 Colesville Road, in the Four Corners area of Silver Spring. GameStop used to have a store here. 

Why are you starting to see Pizza Huts open rather close these days? The chain is enjoying a turnaround under President Kevin Hochman, and in the last year opened more stores than it closed, reversing its trend of downsizing in recent years.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Window smashed at Takoma Park Middle School

Takoma Park police were called to Takoma Park Middle School on Piney Branch Road yesterday, after vandalism was discovered by employees. Officers found that a window on a rear door at the school had been smashed sometime over the night. Anyone who has information regarding this vandalism is asked to contact Takoma Park police at 301-270-1100. When calling, refer to case number 220026918.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Zinnia Cafe hosting soft opening in Silver Spring

Zinnia Cafe
is hosting soft opening hours today through Sunday, June 26, 2022. Operating hours those days will be 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Zinnia is located at 9201 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The cafe is the latest edition to the Gardens and Tavern at Zinnia, which is located on the Mrs. K's Toll House property.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Silver Spring's tallest building expecting first residents by late August

Construction at the Solaire 8200 Dixon apartment tower is in the home stretch, and an announcement from the property reflects that. The building's first residents are now expected to begin moving in by late August 2022. They'll be moving into the tallest building in Silver Spring, at 26 stories. Solaire 8200 Dixon is located at 8200 Dixon Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, and is the latest in the Solaire portfolio by Washington Property Company.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Reardon Sullivan endorsed by Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police in County Executive race

Republican Reardon Sullivan has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 in the primary election for County Executive. Increasing crime countywide has become a hot-button issue in the campaign for both of the major political parties. The police union criticized County leaders last year for defunding 27 police officer positions, amid a spike in armed carjackings that has continued through this year. 

Amidst local and nationwide anger over police-involved deaths, and calls from some Democrats in 2020 to "defund the police," County Police Chief Marcus Jones said morale among his force was the lowest he had ever seen during his career here. Officer retirements are up, and recruitment of new officers has been difficult. Where applications once numbered in the thousands, the 2021 recruit class numbered only 14. This past January, the chief told the County Council that he is losing an average of 4 officers per month to retirements.

Reardon has zeroed in on this crisis in his campaign messaging, promising to "fully fund the police," and to "give the men and women of law enforcement the respect they deserve." He has also vowed to return Student Resource Officers to public schools, where several violent incidents including a shooting have led to calls for bringing SROs back to campuses. "We all know that crime is on the rise in the County," Sullivan said in a statement. "The time for change and new leadership is now. We need leaders that can bring common sense back to our local government."

Car stolen from Montgomery County garage in Silver Spring

Montgomery County police are investigating a reported theft of a vehicle from a County-owned parking garage in downtown Silver Spring. The vehicle was reported stolen from a garage in the 900 block of Silver Spring Avenue at 2:30 AM on Saturday morning.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Terra Mare sets opening date in Wheaton

Terra Mare
, a new Italian restaurant at 2504 Ennalls Avenue in Wheaton, has set an opening date. The grand opening is scheduled for this Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:30 AM. Terra Mare is owned by Chef Angel Mendoza, who started his career at 2Amys in Washington, D.C., before later owning three locations of Red Rocks and co-owning Baronessa in Rockville. His past expertise in pizzamaking means that Terra Mare's menu includes Neapolitan-style pizza.

Photo courtesy Terra Mare

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Indecent exposure at Orchard Center in Silver Spring

Montgomery County police responded to a report of indecent exposure at the Orchard Center shopping plaza at 12000 Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring yesterday afternoon. The incident was reported in the parking lot of the center at 4:50 PM on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Signage installed at Miss Toya's Creole House in Silver Spring (Photos)

Permanent signage has been installed at Miss Toya's Creole House at 923 Ellsworth Drive at Downtown Silver Spring. The Louisiana cuisine-inspired restaurant is one of two Miskiri Hospitality Group ventures opening in the months ahead in downtown Silver Spring, the other being The Breakfast Club. Miss Toya's is named after co-founder Toya Miskiri, who is vice-president and COO of Miskiri Hospitality Group, of which husband Jason Miskiri is founder and CEO. The restaurant is currently hiring for all positions, according to its website.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Flip'd by IHOP update at Downtown Silver Spring (Photos)

Flip'd by IHOP
has been more than a year in the making at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive at Downtown Silver Spring, and it's still in the making, unfortunately, It was April 1, 2021 when I broke the story of IHOP's plan to open its new fast-casual carryout concept here in Silver Spring, and it was no April Fool's joke. But the slow construction continues, with much kitchen equipment now in place, yet basic things like ceiling tiles still missing. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Hans Riemer raises $1 million in Montgomery County Executive race

Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer (D) has passed the $1 million fundraising mark in the race for County Executive, his campaign announced this morning. The million-dollar haul caps a week of good news for Riemer. A Data for Progress poll last week found that, while incumbent Marc Elrich (D) had the most support at 33%, Riemer is tied for second with businessman David Blair at 14%. Blair is self-funding his campaign, and spent $5.7 million in his 2018 bid for the same office; he can't be pleased to find he is tied with a candidate who is using public financing with $250 maximum individual contributions.

Riemer's campaign noted that his fundraising total of $1.04 million through June 12 now exceeds the amount spent by Elrich, Roger Berliner, Rose Krasnow, George Leventhal, and Bill Frick in the 2018 Democratic primary race for executive. He also holds the new record for most individual contributions in a campaign for County Executive in a primary in the past decade.

"This report puts numbers behind what I see everyday on the campaign trail -- our supporters are fired up to bring new leadership to Montgomery County,” Riemer said in a statement this morning. “Enthusiasm determines who wins and loses primaries,” Riemer campaign manager Aziz Yakub said. “With this fundraising milestone, we will have the resources to reach voters with a powerful media campaign. Although we’ll keep raising, I am confident that we’ll have enough to win despite what any other candidate may spend."

Blair has hit the airwaves with a barrage of ads on local broadcast TV stations over the last week, showing what his budget will allow. That will put pressure on Riemer, Elrich and businessman Peter James (D) to boost media exposure in the final weeks before the July 19 primary. Republicans Shelly Skolnick and Reardon Sullivan are also running for executive, as is Devin Battley for the Green Party.

Signage installed at The Breakfast Club in downtown Silver Spring (Photos)

The permanent sign has been installed at The Breakfast Club, the new concept from restaurateur Jason Miskiri now under construction at 8240 Fenton Street, in the Fenton Silver Spring apartment building. There has been progress on the interior, but it is still moving slowly. The all-day brunch eatery has missed two targeted opening dates this spring, but the sign going up out front at least indicates plans are still moving forward.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Takoma Park home burglarized, car stolen

Takoma Park police responded to a report of a home burglary at 8:30 AM yesterday morning. One or more suspects entered a home in the 7100 block of Poplar Avenue overnight and stole property. Among the items taken were the keys to a vehicle parked outside the home, which the suspect(s) then stole.

The stolen vehicle is a light blue 2019 Honda Insight, MD Tag #7DS7456. A police spokesperson says the tag number has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen vehicle database. 

If anyone has seen the stolen Honda Insight, or has any other information about this burglary, they are asked to call Takoma Park police at 301-270-1100. When calling, refer to case number 220024722.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center to reopen in Lyttonsville

The Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Road in Lyttonsville will reopen to the public this coming Monday, June 13, 2022. It has been used as an emergency shelter during the pandemic, a loss of a community facility that was highly controversial. The Long Branch Community Recreation Center suffered a similar fate at the expense of residents, who lost access to a building they pay to operate with their tax dollars.

A special Welcome Back Movie Night Festival is scheduled to formally celebrate the reopening. It will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 7 – 10 PM, and include a screening of the film, Encanto. There will be activities for the entire family including music, food, a live Encanto character, Father's Day drum circle, Juneteenth Freedom Day Table, and a "TikTok Dance Booth." The movie screening will begin at dusk, around 8:45 PM.

“The reopening makes it possible for the center to once again be a place for young people, families, and older adults to spend their leisure time,” Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley said in a statement. “We have been working behind the scenes to have a facility that where we can offer high-quality recreation programming for everyone.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Taste of Wheaton 2022 this Sunday, June 12

The annual Taste of Wheaton 2022 will be this coming Sunday, June 12, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Marian Fryer Plaza at 2424 Reedie Plaza in the Wheaton Triangle. Restaurants participating in the event will include Frank's Burger Place, Green Plate Catering, Hollywood East Café, IHOP, Los Cobanos, Methi Indian Restaurant, Nando's Peri Peri, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nut House Pizza and Terra Mare Restaurant. There will also be a beer garden, live music, video games, activities for children, face painting and caricature drawing. Free Covid-19 testing and vaccinations will also be available.

Entry is free; food and drink must be purchased.

Scheduled musical performances at the stage will include:

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Rollex
  • 1-2 p.m.: Chopteeth
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: I&I Riddim
  • 4-5 p.m. Rafael Ortiz and El Tumbao with Y2Salsa Production Dancers

Scheduled dance performances at the stage will include:

  • 12:30-1 p.m.: Wheaton Studio of Dance
  • 2-2:30 p.m.: Ameanspinn
  • 3:30-4 p.m.: Urban Artistry

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Who is stealing the bicycles of Takoma Park?

A third bicycle has been reported stolen this past Saturday in Takoma Park. All three were taken from the front porches of houses. The latest bike theft was reported at a home in the 200 block of Park Avenue, Takoma Park police announced yesterday. No description of this bike was released, but the other two were mountain bikes.

If you have any information that can lead police to the stolen bikes or suspects, you are asked to call Takoma Park police at 301-270-1100. Refer to case number 220024249. In the meantime, don't leave your bike out on the porch, as thieves are actively looking for them around town.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Bicycles stolen in Takoma Park

Takoma Park police responded to a report of bicycles being stolen from the front porch of a home on Saturday. The two mountain bikes - one dark blue, and the other white and purple - were reported stolen from a home in the 7400 block of Hancock Avenue at 1:30 PM, according to crime data. If you have any information about this case, contact Takoma Park police at 301-270-1100, and refer to case number 220024077. 

Friday, June 3, 2022

Armed carjacking in Silver Spring

Another armed carjacking was reported in Silver Spring early yesterday morning. Montgomery County police responded to the carjacking in the 8700 block of Leonard Drive at 12:49 AM Thursday, according to crime data. That is in the Rosemary Hills area west of 16th Street, and north of East-West Highway.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Wheaton Target renovations update (Photos)

A major renovation continues at the Target store in Westfield's Wheaton Plaza mall. Self checkout machines have been relocated on the main level. New self checkouts have been installed at the bottom level entrance. You can also see an example here of new department signage that is in place. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Maryland governor candidate Kelly Schulz launches Law Enforcement for Kelly coalition

Republican Maryland governor candidate Kelly Schulz launched a Law Enforcement for Kelly campaign coalition yesterday. "No other candidate in the race has received such strong and explicit backing from law enforcement leaders like Kelly Schulz has," a statement issued by the campaign said. "With the backing of seven current sheriffs, law enforcement across the state know that Kelly Schulz is the only candidate who will take action to address violent crime and who will undoubtedly stand up for and support them."

Schulz's plan to address rising violent crime includes increased funding for hiring and training of additional police officers, and for their equipment. She would seek legislation to keep violent criminals behind bars, and create new penalties for those convicted of illegal gun crimes. 

The coalition will be steered by a committee made up of seven sheriffs from across Maryland:  Sheriffs Craig Robertson of Allegany County, Jim Fredericks of Anne Arundel County, Mike Evans of Calvert County, Jim DeWees of Carroll County, Jeffrey Gahler of Harford County, Gary Hoffman of Queen Anne’s County, and Tim Cameron of St. Mary’s County. "Kelly Schulz is just the lady who can get the job done," Gahler declared in a video released by the campaign. Additional law enforcement professionals are invited to join the coalition via an online form.

“For me it is simple: as governor I will treat members of law enforcement like heroes and criminals like criminals,” Schulz said in a statement. “I always have and always will stand firmly with the brave men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect us. It is humbling to have earned the trust and support of so many of these heroes from across the state – they deserve a governor who has their back, and that’s what they’ll have when I’m elected.”

Maryland governor candidate Doug Gansler releases Safe Maryland plan to tackle rising crime

Former Maryland Attorney General and current Democratic candidate for governor Doug Gansler released a detailed plan to address surging crime in the state at a news conference in Baltimore yesterday. Called "Safe Maryland," the 21-point plan provides a framework for Gansler's stated goal of "bringing crime down and justice up." The City of Baltimore is the state's most crime-afflicted jurisdiction, but the plan would also bring policies and resources to bear in the suburban counties around D.C. "Carjackings and other crimes are on the rise in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties," the plan's introduction notes.

The introduction also points to the lower homicide rate in Montgomery County when Gansler, a County resident, was State's Attorney there. It mentions some of his prominent and successful prosecutions of notorious criminals like the D.C. sniper, who terrorized the D.C. Metro area in 2002. Gansler cites the troubling statistic that "you have a better chance of getting away with murder in Baltimore than you do of going to jail," referring to the 41% closure rate of homicide cases in the city.

In contrast, Gansler's plan would set a goal of solving every murder. He would provide resources to hire 1000 police officers statewide, and establish better training, including tactics of de-escalation of violent confrontations between police and civilians or suspects. Gansler would prioritize gun crimes and pursuit of gun traffickers. His plan would put more armed police into schools across the state, a "first line of defense" in the event of a school shooting.

Carjackings would be another area of focus. The Safe Maryland plan calls for 10,000 new streetlights in Baltimore, and surveillance cameras across the state, both of which Gansler argues would help to catch carjackers and other offenders. He would also employ technology not only in cutting edge forensic tools, but to reduce traffic stops by having ticket-issuing dash cams in police cruisers.

Gansler would target hate crimes, and hold social media companies accountable for their role in criminal and violent activity. He referred to his past experience in applying pressure to websites like Myspace and Craigslist on issues like sex trafficking and cyberbullying as examples.

In addition to a focus on criminality, the plan would also address some of what Gansler sees as the root causes of crime and recidivism in Maryland. Safe Maryland calls for fast-track funding for infrastructure, social services and recreation programs in high-crime areas. It would prioritize employment opportunities for those released from prison, and establish drug courts in every jurisdiction. Community prosecutors would be assigned to work with community police to handle all crimes in a particular neighborhood. A "papering" policy would subject all charging documents to immediate prosecutorial review.

Gansler would also fund community programs that have shown statistical success in lowering crime rates elsewhere. His plan refers to a study of the impact of non-profits on crime rates. That study concluded that for every 10 organizations that focus on crime and community life in an area of 100,000 people, the murder rate dropped by 9% there. Greening vacant lots into park space has been shown to reduce crime rates in the surrounding neighborhood, the plan states. 

Safe Maryland would also set a goal of zero police shootings, and reduce "overpolicing" of African-Americans. It would provide more mental health resources for law enforcement personnel statewide.

"Crime is what is on everyone's mind," Gansler told reporters assembled in front of Baltimore City Hall. "People sit at the red light wondering whether they're going to be the next victim of a carjacking or not, and there is no other person in either party that is running for governor right now who has a scintilla of a background in criminal justice." In addition to highlighting his own extensive resume as a prosecutor, State's Attorney and Attorney General, Gansler was joined by Baltimore City State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah and the Rev. Al Gwynn of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance at the news conference, in support of the ideas Gansler is putting forth.

Gansler's running mate, former Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, also spoke. She referred to the now-discredited crime policies of the 1990s, and how the Safe Maryland plan would go in a different direction. "The two of us are focused on building safe communities with an attention to justice," Hollingsworth said.