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Larry Hogan
Running with Boyd Rutherford
  • Age 58
  • Businessman
  • Lives in Edgewater
  • Graduated from Florida State University
About Hogan

Hogan, a real-estate businessman and former official in Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s administration, has crafted a campaign message that focuses on pocketbook issues.

As Ehrlich’s appointments secretary, Hogan was responsible for finding suitable people to fill hundreds of jobs – a role that has given him an extensive list of contacts around the state. Hogan considered running against Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2010 but deferred to Ehrlich when his former boss jumped into the race.

Shortly after Ehrlich’s loss to O’Malley, Hogan formed the conservative advocacy group Change Maryland, which kept up a consistent stream of criticism of the Democratic administration. While Hogan has called for tax cuts, slower spending growth and an end to the storm water fee, he has offered few specifics.

Though he has never held elected office, Hogan ran a strong race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer in 1992. For three decades Hogan has run the Hogan Cos., a real estate business based in Annapolis.

Hogan opted to use the state’s public financing system for the general election, a decision that grants him $2. 6 million in state funds but also limits how much he can spend. It may put him at a disadvantage against the Democrats’s fundraising prowess.

Boyd Rutherford, 58, secretary of general services under Ehrlich, is Hogan’s running mate.

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Tax Law
If you could make one change to Maryland's tax laws, what would it be? How would you pay for lost revenue or spend added revenue?

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Higher education
State higher education leaders have set a goal of raising the proportion of adults with college degrees from 45 percent to 55 percent by 2025 to help Maryland compete in the global economy. Do you support that goal? If so, what would you do as governor to help achieve it?

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  • Anthony G. Brown
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Prison problems
What should be done to correct and prevent problems at the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center?

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  • Larry Hogan
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Shawn Quinn
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Chesapeake Bay
As you know, more than half the rivers and streams in the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed are in poor condition, and less than a third of the estuary's water is clean, according to the EPA. The agency has ordered states to do more to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution by 2025. Do you support this so-called pollution diet? If so, what would you do as governor to achieve its goals? If not, what would you do to change it?

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  • Larry Hogan
  • Anthony G. Brown
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Marijuana
Maryland moved this year to make medical marijuana available and to decriminalize possession of small amounts. Should the state go further and legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales?

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  • Larry Hogan
  • Anthony G. Brown
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Business
If you could do one thing to improve Maryland’s business climate, what would it be?

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  • Larry Hogan
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Shawn Quinn
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Transportation
On transportation, what would you do to relieve congestion in the state’s urban centers? Upgrade infrastructure in its rural areas?

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  • Larry Hogan
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Shawn Quinn
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