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Catonsville Times: Democrats will best represent new-look District 44

Thanks to redistricting, a portion of Catonsville now includes District 44, which includes part of west Baltimore and Woodlawn.

In the Senate race, Democratic Shirley Nathan-Pulliam will face Republican Bernard Reiter, a Baltimore resident who ran for the state Senate in the 2010 election.

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Nathan-Pulliam has been a delegate since her election the to the House in 1994, and is the best choice for the Senate seat left open when state Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell chose not to seek reelection.

Having represented what had been District 10 that included eastern Catonsville as a delegate, Nathan-Pulliam is familiar with the economic and educational issues that confront the area. She deserves an opportunity to address those issues in the Senate.

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In the newly created District 44B, Democrats Charles Sydnor and Pat Young should be the first to represent this portion of southwestern Baltimore County from a field that also includes Republican Michael Russell.

Both men see education and economic development as top priorities for this diverse district, which includes portions of Catonsville extending from the Baltimore City line to the Howard County border.

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