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Catonsville Times and Arbutus Times: Democrats best choice to fill open seats in District 12

With the district to be represented by three newcomers in the House of Delegates, veteran state Sen. Ed Kasemeyer should get a chance to return to Annapolis. Kasemeyer's 20-plus years of experience in the Senate and his chairmanship of the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee is an advantage to those he represents and make the choice over Republican newcomer Jesse Pippy..

In the House of Delegates race, District 12's representation will look completely different when then General Assembly meets in 2015. Not only are incumbent Dels. Liz Bobo, Steven DeBoy and James Malone not seeking re-election, but the district is no longer divided into subdistricts. This means voters start with a new slate regardless of which three newcomers they choose.

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Vying for these three open seats are Republicans Joe Hooe, Rick Martel and Gordon Bull and Democrats Eric Ebersole, Terri Hill and Clarence Lam.

While the Republicans rightly tout the benefits of making Maryland less of a one-party state, we believe Ebersole, Hill and Lam will provide wide-ranging representation for their constituents in Baltimore and Howard counties. Ebersole, a life-long Catonsville resident and an educator, along with Hill and Lam, both medical doctors from Columbia, bring different perspectives to the table.

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At the same time, we would encourage them to become a dependable presence at community association meetings and continuing to keep education and economic development as top priorities as they represent this newly formed district.

We believe residents of District 12 will find their views are being represented in Annapolis, no matter what side of the county line they live.

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