Md. Republican hopefuls for governor plan their second debate this month in Salisbury

The four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Maryland are set to square off in a second debate later this month, the state GOP announced Monday.

The event is scheduled for the night of May 31 on the campus of the University of Salisbury on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The ABC affiliate in Salisbury plans to broadcast the event on television and stream it over the Web.

The four GOP candidates in the June 24 primary — Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ronald A. George (Anne Arundel), Anne Arundel County businessman Larry Hogan and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar — held a largely cordial debate Saturday that was broadcast by a Baltimore radio station.

All four will be on stage in Salisbury, according to the Maryland Republican Party. Ernie Colburn, chief executive officer of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, is booked as the moderator.

The three major Democrats running for governor are set to hold their first debate on Wednesday at the University of Maryland at College Park. The 7 p.m. encounter is scheduled for broadcast by NBC4 and Maryland Public Television.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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