Two Frederick County residents aim to bridge political divide

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By Steve Bohnel, The Frederick News-Post

Jim Carpenter and Natalie Abbas are on different sides of the political aisle —Carpenter, a Democrat from Frederick, and Abbas, a Republican from Myersville.

But that hasn’t stopped the two Frederick County residents from talking politics in a respectful way. And now, they aim to spread civil discourse through a national nonprofit tasked with teaching Democrats and Republicans how to discuss the issues without inflaming the rhetoric.

Carpenter and Abbas are part of Braver Angels, an organization established in December 2016 to combat polarization in today’s political landscape through specially-designed workshops and debates.

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