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Democrats running for governor in Md. report progress in coming up with debate schedule

There is no debate schedule just yet in Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor, but the three major candidates on Friday jointly announced a commitment to come up with one by March 1.

“All three campaigns agree that Maryland Democrats deserve to hear the candidates’ views on the issues, and we are committed to working in a cooperative manner to come up with a series of debates to meet that goal,” said a statement issued by the campaigns of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).

The Democratic and Republican primaries in the race to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) are June 24.

Late last month, Brown’s campaign proposed a series of five debates: three featuring the candidates for governor and two among the lieutenant governor hopefuls.

Mizeur said she wants more, while Gansler said he is eager to engage but offered no specific counterproposal.

Friday’s statement said in-person discussions among campaign representatives began this week and have been productive.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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