THE DIAMOND BACK — Maryland Democrats running for the United States Senate illuminated their experiences and discussed hot-button topics ahead of the 2024 primary election during a forum Sunday hosted by the Latino Democrats of Prince George’s County.

The forum featured three candidates: Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, U.S. Rep. David Trone and retired U.S. Army veteran Juan Dominguez. Candidates shared their views on healthcare, climate change, youth issues, disability issues and issues undocumented individuals face.

Dominguez, a political newcomer and business executive, also discussed several of his campaign priorities, including fair living wages, healthcare for all, debt-free public college and universal Pre-K.

“Other than greed, there’s no reason we can’t accomplish these with effective leadership,” Dominguez said.

Dominguez said that he would propose legislation to institute a progressive wealth tax if elected to a Senate seat.

In addition to general policy priorities, candidates also discussed issues relevant to the Latino community.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 prohibits non-citizens from participating in federal elections. But this restriction does not extend to elections at the state and local level, and since June, Washington, D.C., and municipalities in California, Maryland and Vermont permit noncitizens to vote in local elections.

“I affirmatively support what [Trone] mentioned with respect to giving those that don’t have a voice the right to vote. It is important for our diversity and representation,” Dominguez said.

“This election is an opportunity for history to be made,” Dominguez said. “Together we can pave the way for more representative and inclusive government.”