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ABOUT MARYLAND FREE

Maryland Free is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, small businesses, and individuals. We were founded in 1983 as Maryland Business for Responsive Government and changed our name in 2019 to better reflect our mission.

The purpose of Maryland Free is to:

INFORM Maryland’s businesses, elected officials, and the general public about the political and economic climate needed to foster economic development and job creation in Maryland.

IMPROVE the role of business in Maryland’s public policy.

PROVIDE support for pro-business candidates.

ENABLE business to hold politicians accountable for the state’s economic well-being—like no other organization—through Maryland Free’s evaluations of the voting records of Maryland’s state legislators.

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LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Dorsey, Board Chair

Merritt Companies

Ellen Sauerbrey, Chair Emeritus

Former U.N. Ambassador

Duane Carey, President

Maryland Free

Carville Collins, Counsel

DLA Piper

Mark Cissell, Treasure

Katz Abosch

Jerry Wit, Past Chair

Springhill Advisors

Frank Avena, Maryland Free PAC Board Chair

Avena Contracting, LLC

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Howard “Blackie” Bowen

Ewing Oil Company, Inc.

Christina Ensley

Vend Central, Inc

Dave McManus

Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A.

Henry Rosenberg

Rosemore, Inc.

Paul Clary

Maryland Energy Advisors

LaTara Harris

AT&T

Brad Myers

Capital One Bank

Paul Skalny

Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC

Chris Costello

Public Sector Consulting Group

Frank Kelly III

Kelly & Associates Insurance Group

Paul Nolan

McCormick & Co.

Jay Steinmetz

Barcoding, Inc.

Joe Cowan

Cowan Systems LLC

Howard Klein

Klein’s Shop Rite of Maryland

Tami Watkins

Pepco Holdings

Edwin Warfield

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MARYLAND FREE STAFF

Duane Carey

President, IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations

Duane@MarylandFree.org