In 9B, there are primaries for both parties. On the Republican side, newcomer Carol Loveless is facing former state delegate Bob Flanagan. In this contest, we favor Loveless, an Ellicott City resident who owns a security company. Loveless' emphasis on jobs, especially as the owner of a small business, gives her the edge over Flanagan. On the Democratic side, Tom Coale, a lawyer, blogger and a former Columbia Association board member, is facing Howard County teacher Rich Corkran. We believe Coale's community leadership in issues such as fighting against homelessness in Howard and his previous experience on the CA board makes him the better choice.