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Carroll County Times
Carroll County Times Opinion

Our picks for state legislators [Editorial]

In the state Senate District 4 race, the Carroll County Times endorses Democrat Dan Rupli. Protecting our agricultural roots and strengthening public education are among Rupli's stated priorities. He also wants to make community colleges more accessible to residents. These are all issues that are near the top of the priority list for many Carroll residents.

In the Senate District 5 race the Carroll County Times endorses Republican Joseph Getty. Getty is an experienced legislator who knows his way around Annapolis and is able to work with Democrats to accomplish results.

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In the Senate District 9 race the Carroll County Times endorses Republican Gail Bates. Bates has served in the state House of Delegates for 12 years. Legislation she has supported in that time includes agricultural issues, education, seniors and business. Her legislative experience would make her a valuable asset in the Senate.

In the House of Delegates District 4 race the Carroll County Times stands by its Primary Election endorsements of Republicans Kathy Afzali and Kelly Shultz, and endorses Democrat Gene Stanton for the third seat in the district. Stanton's stated goal of effective and efficient government is needed at the state level, and his commitment to education and business are essential for the state to move forward.

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In the House of Delegates District 5 race the Carroll County Times stands by its Primary Election endorsements of Republicans Susan Krebs and Justin Ready, and endorses Republican Haven Shoemaker for the third seat in the district. Shoemaker has years of experience in small town and county politics and can offer insights and a perspective of the impact state laws have on those jurisdictions that often is not heard in Annapolis.

In the House of Delegates District 9A race the Carroll County Times stands by its Primary Election endorsement of Republican Warren Miller, and endorses Democrat Walter Carson for the second seat in the district. Carson's message of how we need to all come together as a community and work toward improve education and protect working families and rural farms is one that needs to echo across the halls of the legislative chambers in Annapolis.


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