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Our say: Endorsements in District 31

Senate

Republican Sen. Bryan Simonaire is trying for a third term representing this district, which is mainly the northeastern part of the county north of the Magothy River. He is facing a grass-roots challenge from Democrat Anthony Scott Harman of Brooklyn Park.

An effective senator whose social and fiscal conservatism matches his district, Simonaire is willing to dissent from his party on environmental issues. Voters should return him to the Senate for another four years.

House District 31A

Voters in this new House district — a narrow strip at the west of District 31 including Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay and much of Glen Burnie — have a choice between candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Former school board President Ned Carey, a top executive at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, is a Democratic insider with a record of delivering for his area — he justifiably takes credit for making sure north county schools got their fair share of magnet programs.

Newcomer Terry Lynn DeGraw, a Republican, is drawing on public frustration with a weak economy and a multitude of tax increases.

As there is no sign this election will shift the balance of power in the legislature, Carey is the one likeliest to get things done for the district in Annapolis.

We endorse Ned Carey.

House District 31B

In this two-delegate House district stretching east to the Patapsco, the bay and the Magothy, the easy choice is House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. Since first being elected in 2006, the Republican has demonstrated honesty, concern for constituents and a realization that a minority party succeeds by convincing voters it has the best solutions — not just the angriest rhetoric.

The harder choice for voters is whether to pick Republican Meagan Simonaire or Democrat Jeremiah Chiappelli for the other seat. (Democrat Doug Morris has been a virtual no-show.)

Simonaire, a cosmetologist and the daughter of the district's senator, has been campaigning for two years. Passionately dedicated to addressing the problems of taxation and overregulation she blames on the Democratic majority, she lacks experience but at least has clear goals.

Chiappelli, an attorney, said he decided to run because he was afraid there would be no Democratic candidate willing to step forward in this Republican stronghold. That's just not enough.

We endorse Nic Kipke and Meagan Simonaire.

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