Maryland governor's race: Candidates begin to flesh out platforms at forum

The six candidates running for governor in 2014 all gathered Monday morning. Photo: Brad Bell

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Six candidates for governor of Maryland have outlined some of their plans to benefit the state's most populated county.

Three Democrats and three Republicans spoke Monday at a forum sponsored by a coalition of Montgomery County business, education and community-based groups.

Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat, says he plans to cut the corporate tax rate to keep businesses in Maryland.

Del. Ron George, a Republican, backs a 10-percent across-the-board income tax cut.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he wants to increase school construction funding in the county. Harford County Executive David Craig, a Republican, notes progress in school construction during his tenure.

Democratic Del. Heather Mizeur says she supports raising the minimum wage and expanding pre-kindergarten.

Republican Charles Lollar says he will focus on controlling state spending.