The Politics Hour - Feb. 14, 2014

The Politics Hour - Feb. 14, 2014

Doug Duncan, former executive of Montgomery County, Md., joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about why he wants his old job back.

D.C.'s Democratic candidates for mayor slug it out on the campaign trail. A controversial lawmaker from Northern Virginia joins the scrum for the congressional set held by outgoing U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R). And Maryland's gubernatorial candidates spar over "fighting words" made about Prince George's County. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Guests

Tom Sherwood

Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers

Douglas Duncan

Democratic Candidate, Executive, Montgomery County (Md.); Former Executive, Montgomery County (Md.)

Featured Clip

Douglas Duncan, former Montgomery County Executive and current candidate for the same position, reflects on his personal battle with clinical depression. Douglas' mental illness led him to step away from public office in 2006 and seek treatment. "I describe it as the two years that I lived in hell, where there was no joy and no hope, just despair all around me." Duncan said more people need to talk about mental health issues, especially men, who tend to view depression as a stigma. He also said he supported legislation that did not treat jails as de facto mental hospitals.

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