Regional governors to meet in Salisbury on Feb. 11

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will join Delaware Gov. John Carney and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in Salisbury on Feb. 11 for “A Conversation with the Governors of Delmarva.”

The third “Conversations” event, sponsored by the Greater Salisbury Committee, will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Holloway Hall auditorium at Salisbury University.

“This is unprecedented,” Mike Dunn, CEO of the GSC, said of the event, hosted in collaboration with SU. Dunn will be on stage with the governors, acting as moderator.

“We think it’s historic in the sense that, as far as we’ve been able to determine, something like this has never happened on Delmarva, where three governors of Delmarva have appeared together. We can go back 25 years at the very least. It’s never happened — never in recent memory or in this setting.

“We are thrilled and honored. We think this is extraordinary for Salisbury and Wicomico County and for our community,” Dunn said.

Hogan, 62, a Republican and frequent visitor to Salisbury, is beginning his second term in office.

He was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 and is the second Republican governor of Maryland in nearly 50 years and the first from Anne Arundel County to be elected in more than 100 years.

Hogan previously was Secretary of Appointments under Bob Ehrlich from 2003 to 2007. He and his wife Yumi have three children.

Carney, 62, a Democrat, has been governor of Delaware since 2017. He served as the U.S. Representative for Delaware’s at-large congressional district from 2011 to 2017 and was 24th lieutenant governor of Delaware from 2001 to 2009. He served as Delaware’s Secretary of Finance. He and his wife Tracey have two sons.

Northam, 59, a Democrat, has been governor of Virginia since January 2018. A physician, he served as the 40th lieutenant governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018 before winning the governorship against Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the 2017 election. He and his wife, Pam, have a son and a daughter.

Discussion at Conversations will focus on cooperation and bipartisanship, about the governors’ interactions, what is important to Delmarva, their thoughts about the Delmarva Peninsula, its uniqueness and opportunities.

No questions will be taken from the audience.

Dignitaries are being invited, and the public may attend, free of charge. Attendees are urged to arrive on campus to begin looking for parking by 12:15 p.m.

“With the balcony, the Holloway Hall auditorium holds about 700 people. We want the governors of Delmarva to know that the people of Delmarva are excited to have them here,” Dunn said.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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