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At Urban League conference, Hogan calls for bipartisan effort to help cities

August 5th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan called for a bipartisan approach to solving city problems Friday as he welcomed hundreds of participants to the National Urban League's annual convention in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports the governor told the civil rights organization at the Baltimore Convention Center."We must seek to empower and not to demonize". 

The Republican governor received a warm reception from the largely African-American audience after he thanked the group for bringing its convention to the city.

Hogan avoided any mention of presidential politics to a group that heard from the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the previous day.

The Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, which Hogan has declined to support, declined an invitation to speak, Urban League officials said.

The governor devoted much of his brief speech to recounting the various steps his administration has taken to invest in Baltimore since riots broke out three months after he took office. The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from spinal injuries suffered in policy custody spurred the unrest.

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