Anthony Brown (D) and Larry Hogan (R) clashed over education, economic policy and fracking during a debate on Maryland Public Television. Brown advocated for expanding pre-K schooling as a solution to academic performance issues. Hogan countered that the key to Maryland's academic future was the expansion of charter schools. Hogan, the owner of a real estate company, criticized Brown and former Gov. Martin O'Malley for the implementation of economic policies he argued were harmful to small businesses. Brown countered that he would work toward tax relief for small businesses if elected governor.
The issue of fracking in western Maryland showed clear divisions between the two candidates. Hogan stated his support for natural gas extraction in the state, saying it could boost the state's economic prospects. Brown supported the O'Malley administration's focus on gathering safety and environmental reports about fracking in the state, arguing that there were public health concerns related to the practice.