Nom­i­na­tions, please

Who should be The Sun’s 2018 Mary­lan­der of the year? Send us your sug­ges­tions.

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What Mary­lan­der had the big­gest im­pact on the state in 2018? The Sun is ask­ing for your nom­i­na­tions for the 2018 Mary­lan­der of the Year. Please send them to talk­[email protected]­ti­more­sun.com and in­clude “Mary­lan­der of the Year” in the sub­ject line. We’ll an­nounce the fi­nal­ists in mid-De­cem­ber and a win­ner be­fore the end of the year. As in­spi­ra­tion, here’s the ros­ter of The Sun’s pre­vi­ous hon­orees.

The Johns Hop­kins pres­i­dent won The Sun’s in­au­gu­ral award for his “re­lent­less drive, in­tel­li­gence, vi­sion, in­sti­tu­tional am­bi­tion, smooth tongue and grasp of the pos­si­ble.”

Now one of An­napo­lis’ most ef­fec­tive pub­lic in­ter­est lob­by­ists, Mr. DeMarco was in 1988 the es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the coali­tion that won sup­port for land­mark re­stric­tions on Satur­day Night Spe­cials.

The nov­e­l­est won the award in the same year that “Breath­ing Les­sons” won the Pulitzer Prize and “The Ac­ci­den­tal Tourist” be­came a hit movie.

Mont­gomery County at­tor­ney Robert Li­nowes won for the work of a com­mis­sion he chaired that sought to cre­ate a fairer, more eq­ui­table state tax sys­tem.

The Sun hon­ored Cal Rip­ken after a sea­son in which he was the All-Star game MVP, Amer­i­can League MVP and Sport­ing News and AP Player of the Year.

The Sun said of Bal­ti­more’s ad­vo­cate and helper for the poor, “Oth­ers preach the Golden Rule; Bea Gaddy lives it.”

The Sun said the de­vel­oper “makes peo­ple be­lieve. He lends his cred­i­bil­ity and con­tacts and ideas. For lack of a bet­ter la­bel, he is called a vi­sion­ary.”

The Sun hon­ored Kweisi Mfume when he took over lead­er­ship of the NAACP. “His whole life seems to have been mapped out for this day.”

The Sun said “Homi­cide” was so true that “a real flee­ing shoplifter ran onto a film lo­ca­tion and sur­ren­dered to ac­tors, while pro­duc­tion ex­ec­u­tives seek­ing a site for a crack house stum­bled into a real crack house.” The Sun rec­og­nized the three peo­ple who made pos­si­ble a land­mark agree­ment to pro­vide higher fund­ing for Bal­ti­more schools.

The Sun said the at­tor­ney could eas­ily be Mary­lan­der of the Decade. “Few have given such phi­lan­thropy, and very few have tried to ex­er­cise such in­flu­ence.”

UMBC Pres­i­dent Free­man A. Hrabowski III earned the 1999 award for “nur­tur­ing ex­cel­lence in math­e­mat­ics and science among African-Amer­i­can men.”

In 2000, The Sun hon­ored de­vel­oper Bill Struever be­cause he “adopts build­ings that oth­ers have dis­carded, ne­glected or marked for de­struc­tion. He sees what they want to be ... and with sin­gle-minded re­solve, he helps them ful­fill that po­ten­tial.” The Ravens won the Su­per Bowl and (col­lec­tively) Mary­lan­der of the Year in 2001. “Hair­spray” be­came a Broad­way smash, and John Waters be­came Mary­lan­der of the Year. The Sun re­sumed honor­ing Mary­lan­ders of the Year in 2012 with the Ori­oles man­ager who helped bring the team back to the post­sea­son for the first time in 15 years. The NAACP head was in­stru­men­tal in Mary­land’s de­ci­sions to abol­ish the death penalty and en­act mar­riage equal­ity.

The Repub­li­can’s im­prob­a­ble win in the gover­nor’s race “up­ended our no­tions about po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns and shook up the state’s power struc­ture in a way that will have last­ing im­pact.”

The long­est-serv­ing woman in Congress “has al­ways had an un­com­monly good ear for what the com­mon man and woman thinks and an in­com­pa­ra­bly loud voice for re­peat­ing it to the pow­ers-that-be.”

The Un­der Ar­mour CEO was rec­og­nized for his bold plan to re­make Port Cov­ing­ton — and his will­ing­ness to work with the com­mu­nity on job op­por­tu­ni­ties and af­ford­able hous­ing.

The co-founder of the Cease­Fire move­ment sparked hope that we can make Bal­ti­more a less vi­o­lent, more peaceful place.

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