Republican candidate for Maryland’s District 27 Senate seat Jesse Peed has thrown down the gauntlet to longtime incumbent Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.
Peed, a veteran and small business owner from Prince George’s County, issued a written challenge for a public debate to Miller (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s).
“Mike Miller has been in office for nearly 50 years, and it appears the voters want to retire him. He is only focused on his power and not on the people of Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s Counties,” Peed said in an Aug. 18 release.
Peed proposed the debate take place at a neutral location, be at least two hours in length and be moderated by an individual agreed upon by both campaigns.
The GOP candidate believes the voters deserve transparency and a choice in their elected officials.
“I am prepared to stand before the people of the 27th District, explain my positions, answer their questions and describe my vision of the future. I challenge Mr. Miller to do the same,” Peed said.
Peed’s and Miller’s paths will cross during the final months before the election, according to Jake Weissmann, Miller’s deputy chief of staff. Weissmann told The Calvert Recorder that Miller will be at the League of Women Voters of Calvert County’s forum for state and fifth congressional district candidates Oct. 11.
“I wouldn’t miss that for the world,” Peed told the Recorder, confirming his attendance at the LWVCC forum.
Peed said the forum is a different format than the debate style he is requesting, but looks forward to it, as he believes he “kicked Miller’s butt” on the issues of Common Core State Standards in education, taxes and more when they both attended the event four years ago.
The forum is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church’s auditorium in Prince Frederick.
A forum for local elections, to include county commissioners, register of wills, clerk of the orphan’s court and sheriff, will be from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. John Vianney, and a third forum, for local elections in the town of North Beach, will be Oct. 16 at a time and location to be determined.