Now that the dust has settled from the primary election in June, we can take a moment to reflect on how we got here to prepare us for what to expect this fall. First of all, we had two candidates who thought they could buy their way into office. Both were unsuccessful. Besides the usual mailers and billboards, one even paid for television commercials. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with running a vigorous campaign; anyone running for office knows how hard you must work. However, these two campaigns reveal the dark side of our local politics. Implying you are endorsed by Gov. Hogan when your opponent actually has his endorsement is wrong, plain and simple. Subtle deceit is still dishonesty.