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Van Hollen has a track record of service

He will make sure government works for everyone.

Given the craziness of the presidential campaign, it was a breath of fresh air when Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Chris Van Hollen recently visited Baltimore County to meet with voters and talk about what's important to Maryland families.

Mr. Van Hollen has a long track record of getting results with a laser focus on boosting local economies, improving schools, expanding workforce training and supporting veterans and seniors.

While he was here, he and Sen. Barbara Mikulski visited Textron Systems, a manufacturing company that employs more than 1,600 Marylanders to support U.S. troops and our national defense.

They met with workers and discussed ways to further strengthen the Baltimore region's economy. They also met with diners and employees at the locally owned and managed Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill in Catonsville.

Mr. Van Hollen's message was clear: The most important job for a U.S. senator is to make sure the government works for our families, not special interests. I couldn't agree more. And by making it a priority to visit every county and jurisdiction in Maryland, it's clear that he knows that the success of our state depends on the health of every single area.

It's easy to be discouraged in this era of divisive politics and partisan obstruction. But there is a lot at stake in this election. During his years of public service, Mr. Van Hollen has fought for Maryland families — and that's why Senator Mikulski has endorsed him to succeed her.

Scott Sokol, Towson

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