Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the dates and locations of the eight cities and municipalities selected for the 2008, “Maryland Capital for A Day” Program. Governor O’Malley was joined by Mayor Robert Bruchey, Mayor Margo Bailey, Mayor Harry Norris, Mayor Mike McDermott, Mayor Aileen McChesney, Mayor Adam Ortiz, Mayor Diana Fennell, Mayor Walter James, Mayor Lee Fiedler, Mayor Sidney Katz and Howard County Council Chair Courtney Watson. Last year, Governor O’Malley and his Executive Cabinet held Capitals for a Day in Salisbury, La Plata, and Bel Air.

Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown greets Leonardtown Mayor Chip Norris and town administrator Laschelle Miller at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Annapolis. Leonardtown was named as a “Capital for the Day” at the event.
“I am proud to announce these eight towns and municipalities as Maryland’s ‘Capitals for a Day,’” said Governor O’Malley. “By working together with the diverse cities and municipalities throughout our One Maryland, we can strengthen our commitment to protecting our families, creating new jobs, growing our middle class, expanding and improving education, and bringing opportunities to more people.”

“Governor O’Malley and I strongly believe that we are strongest when we are united and there are few better examples of our united efforts than those we embark upon with local government,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “We look forward to visiting Maryland’s towns and cities and strengthening those partnerships that make our one Maryland so strong.”

“On behalf of all of the municipalities across the state we applaud Governor O’Malley for initiating a program that brings the state’s top leadership to our local communities,” said Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz. “We welcome the opportunity to show the innovative and effective ways in which we govern, and we look forward to the wonderful synergy that this program will undoubtedly create between state and local government.”

Over the course of the next eight months, Governor O’Malley and his Executive Cabinet will visit and run State government from the following towns and municipalities:
  • May 2008 – Hagerstown, Washington County
  • June 2008 – Chestertown, Kent County
  • July 2008 – Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County
  • August 2008 – Pocomoke City, Worcester County
  • September 2008 – Port Towns, Prince George’s County (Cottage City, Edmonston, Colmar Manor, and Bladensburg)
  • October 2008 – Cumberland, Allegany County
  • November 2008 – Gaithersburg, Montgomery County
  • December 2008 – Ellicott City, Howard County

“Having spent over 30 years working in local government, I truly understand and appreciate the value of strong local connections,” said DBED Secretary Dave Edgerley. “My staff and I look forward to the upcoming ‘Capital For A Day’ visits so we can see some of the local projects and priorities that are moving One Maryland forward.”