The following is a summary of The Sun's endorsements in a variety of contested races for state and local office in the Baltimore area. For more information on the candidates in these and other races, please see The Sun's 2014 primary election Voter Guide.
Democrats: Among three well-qualified Democrats in the race, The Sun endorses Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a partner in Gov. Martin O'Malley's successes over the past eight years who has displayed a good sense of how to build on that record, chiefly by emphasizing economic development. His lofty goal: to make Maryland the most business friendly state in the nation. Read our full endorsement of Anthony Brown here.
Republicans: Businessman and former state cabinet secretary Larry Hogan gets our endorsement from a crowded field of candidates. He combines sensible, realistic ideas about how to govern the state with a single-minded focus on improving Maryland's business climate. That's a good issue and a good strategy for a Republican in a heavily Democratic state. Read our full endorsement of Larry Hogan here.
Democrats: State Sen. Brian E. Frosh gets our enthusaistic endorsement. He combines a tremendous depth of knowledge in environmental, social justice and consumer issues from his years as a committee chairman in Annapolis with an inclusive, fair-minded disposition. He would be an outstanding attorney general. Read our full endorsement here.
Republicans: Jeffrey N. Pritzker is unopposed.
Anne Arundel County
County executive: Though Republican incumbent County Executive Laura Neuman is a strong candidate in this hard-fought race, we endorse Del. Steve Schuh based on his more expansive vision for the county. Read our full endorsement here.
District 30A: Voters in this district have the good fortune to be represented by House Speaker Michael E. Busch, a conscientious lawmaker who has shown great skill in managing his chamber and helping his district. He has our endorsement, as does Cheryl Miller. Read our full endorsement here.
District 31A: We endorse former Anne Arundel County School Board President Ned Carey, a Democrat. Read our full endorsement here.
District 31B: We endorse Democrats Stan Janor and Jeremiah Chiappelli and Republicans Del. Nicholaus R. "Nic" Kipke, the House minority leader, and Gus Kurtz. Read our full endorsement here.
District 32: We endorse Democrats Del. Pamela Beidle, Spencer Dove and Mark S. Chang. Read our full endorsement here.
State's Attorney: The Sun endorses Democratic incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein, who has made substantial progress during his first term in reforming the agency's operations. Read our full endorsement here.
District 40: We endorse incumbent Democrat Shawn Z. Tarrant and two challengers: Antonio Hayes and Rob "Bobby" LaPin. Read our full endorsement here.
District 41: Democratic Sen. Lisa Gladden has our endorsement for re-election, as do Dels. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Nathaniel T. Oaks and Jill P. Carter. Read our full endorsement of Ms. Gladden here. Our endorsements for delegate are here.
District 44A: We endorse Democratic Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. Read our full endorsement here.
District 46: We endorse Democatic Sen. Bill Ferguson, Dels. Peter A. Hammen and Luke Clippinger and attorney Brooke Elizabeth Lierman. Our endorsement of Mr. Ferguson is here. Our endorsement of the candidates for delegate is here.
District 8: Republicans Del. John Cluster, Christian Miele and Norma Secoura are unopposed. Among the Democrats, we endorse Del. Eric Bromwell, Renee Smith and Harry "H.B." Bhandari. Read our full endorsement here.
District 10: We endorse Democratic Del. Adrienne A. Jones, Carin Smith and Robert "Rob" Johnson. Read our full endorsement here.
District 11: Incumbent Dels. Dan Morhaim and Dana M. Stein have our endorsement, as does Shelly Hettleman. Read our full endorsement here.
District 42: We endorse Democratic Sen. Jim Brochin. Among Republican candidates for the House of Delegates, we endorse Del. Susan L. Aumann and Chris West. Read our full endorsement here.
District 44: We endorse Democrats Rainier Harvey and Charles E. Sydnor III for House of Delegates. Read our full endorsement here.
County Council District 3: We endorse Republican challenger and long-time state Del. A. Wade Kach. Read our full endorsement here.
District 7: We endorse Republicans Dels. Rick Impallaria and Kathy Szeliga and David Seman. Read our full endorsement here.
District 34A: We endorse Democrats Pat Murray and County Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti. Among the Republicans, we endorse incumbent Del. Glen Glass and Mike Blizzard. Read our full endorsement here.
District 34B: Republican Del. Susan K. McComas is unopposed in the GOP primary. We endorse school board member Cassandra R. Beverley in the Democratic primary. Read our full endorsement here.
District 35: In the Republican Senate primary, we endorse Del. Wayne Norman. The Democratic Senate primary is uncontested. Read our full endorsement here.
District 35B: The Democratic primary is uncontested. Of the three Republicans running for two seats in the House of Delegates, we endorse Andrew Cassilly and Jason Gallion. Read our full endorsement here.
District 9: Republican Del. Gail Bates is unopposed in the GOP primary for Senate. Among the Democratic candidates, we endorse small business owner Ryan Frederic. Read our full endorsement here.
District 9B: We endorse Republican Carol Loveless and Democrat Tom Coale. Read our full endorsement here.
District 12: Three Republicans are running unopposed for House of Delegates. Among the Democrats, we endorse Eric Ebersole, Clarence K. Lam and Terri L. Hill. Read our full endorsement here.
District 13: We endorse Democrats Del. Shane Pendergrass and attorney Vanessa Atterbeary. There is no competition in the Republican primary. Read our full endorsement here.
County Council District 1: We endorse Republican Kevin Forrest Schmidt and Democrat Wendy Royalty. Read our full endorsement here.
County Council District 2: Incumbent Democrat Calvin Ball has no opposition in the primary. Among the Republicans, we endorse Reg Avery. Read our full endorsement here.
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