From the day he was inaugurated, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has struck a bipartisan tone, considering himself a pragmatist who would work to find common-sense solutions for Maryland and distancing himself from the partisan dysfunction just down the road in Washington.
Over the past four years, Hogan has made good on his promises to provide some relief for Maryland families from taxes and fees of previous administrations and improve the business climate in the state. Hogan’s leadership in the executive branch has served as a well-needed counterbalance to the Democrat control in the House of Delegates and state Senate.
While he and Democrats who control the General Assembly have certainly had their differences, they’ve also shown the ability to work together on issues such as health care and criminal justice reform, and Hogan has been supportive of common-sense gun laws. On the environment, he has peeled back some regulations while at the same time recognizing the importance of addressing issues of pollution and runoff. Hogan has also been true to his word in staying away from divisive social issues .
For these reasons, the Times is again endorsing Hogan for governor of the state of Maryland. And as we look up and down the state and federal offices on the ballot, it is that same pragmatism and a willingness to stay above the fray that Hogan has displayed that is influencing our endorsements.
For the House of Delegates in District 5, we are endorsing incumbent Republicans Susan Krebs and April Rose, and Democrat Emily Shank. In the state Senate, we endorse incumbent Republican Justin Ready.
Krebs, Rose and Ready, while staying true to their conservative values, have shown a willingness to work across the aisle and have worked well with Hogan over the past four years to help secure additional hold harmless funding for education in Carroll County and bring attention to road projects in Carroll County that have gone too long without funding.
In choosing Shank over incumbent Del. Haven Shoemaker, we are endorsing someone who we believe will be able to work with the other members of Carroll’s delegation, Hogan and Democrats in Annapolis, and who has a strong understanding of Carroll County values. We think she would be a good representative of all Carroll countians, without the divisive rhetoric that has been Shoemaker’s hallmark the past few years.
While her opponents have tried endlessly to tie her to Democratic nominee for governor Ben Jealous, we find Shank’s stances on the issues to be more moderate and common sense. She understands the importance of bringing small businesses, like many of the ones that exist in Carroll County, to the table when discussing the impact of legislation. Shank cites Comptroller Peter Franchot, who we also endorse, as a politician she admires and we think that would be an apt comparison.
In District 4, which is primarily made up of eastern Frederick County and includes a portion of Carroll County around Mount Airy, we are endorsing incumbent Republican Barrie Ciliberti and Democrats Ysela Bravo and Lois Jarman in the House of Delegates, as well as Jessica Douglas, a Democrat from Mount Airy, for Senate in that district.
In District 9A, a Howard County district that includes a portion of the Sykesville area, we are endorsing incumbent Republicans Warren Miller and Trent Kittleman in the House, as well as incumbent Republican Gail Bates in District 9.
At the federal level, we are endorsing independent Neal Simon for U.S. Senate, Democrat Jesse Colvin in District 1 and Republican John Walsh in District 8. What these three lack in experience, they make up for with more moderate mindsets on the issues than the incumbents currently representing us in Washington, a much-needed change.