Vote provides a chance for change


Don't believe anyone who tells you the Sept. 13 primary won't provide a chance for change. There are plenty of candidates who are not burdened by incumbency or tired thinking. New faces are available in almost all races -- from governor to the central committees of the two parties.

Those central committees often serve as training grounds for new talent. You can bet one or more central committee candidates will be running for the Baltimore City Council next year.

That seems particularly likely in the case of the Republicans, who are staging a slow but deliberate comeback as a viable party in a city which for decades has elected only Democrats.

Democrats have such an overwhelming advantage in voter registration that they outnumber Republicans by a margin of better than eight to one. The problem is that the Democratic registration, which has declined drastically in recent years -- presumably because people have moved out of the city -- is stagnant.

In contrast, Republican registration is soaring. They have a long way to go, though, because there are still 282,802 Democrats, as opposed to 32,813 Republicans.

Because of the reality of those numbers, primary victors in Baltimore usually go to the November election only to have their election ratified.

In the Sept. 13 primary, The Evening Sun has identified a number of Democratic newcomers whose election would strengthen the city's representation in Annapolis. They have been campaigning hard and have an excellent chance to win.

In District 40, we urge voters to support Lisa B. Williams. In her work for organizations ranging from the Planned Parenthood to the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities, Ms. Williams, who is a social worker with a law degree, has proven to be an effective advocate.

In District 44, we urge voters to pull levers for Verna Jones and John Hannay. They are experienced community activists who would give the district a stronger voice.

Talmadge Branch promises vigorous representation in District 45; Peter Hammen in District 46. In District 47A, a split district where city voters nominate only two candidates, Randolph Collins deserves a strong vote.

The main thing on Sept. 13 is to go to the polls.

Much is at stake in this election. Every vote counts; every voter should stand up and be counted.

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