Centered on the Perry Hall area of Baltimore County, District 8 may provide the most difficult choice among the hot races in this election. This is real Larry Hogan country, and both candidates are playing up their connections him. Del. Christian Miele, the Republican, has Mr. Hogan’s endorsement and support, and you would think the two were attached at the hip based on his campaign materials. Not to be outdone, incumbent Democratic Sen. Katherine Klausmeier has emphasized her own history of supporting Mr. Hogan on some key votes. But here’s the thing about the “Drive for Five” — voters should no more want a Republican senator who would automatically vote to sustain Mr. Hogan’s vetoes than it should want a Democratic senator who would reflexively override them. For what it’s worth, Mr. Miele says he would take issues on their merits and not vote based on loyalty to the governor, and Ms. Klausmeier says that’s what she’s already done. So where does that leave voters? Mr. Miele is running on a good government agenda, including non-partisan redistricting, ethics reforms, open primaries, transparency and term limits. He loses us on that last one, but the rest is terrific. Ms. Klausmeier is focused on prescription drug affordability, fighting the opioid crisis and improving school safety. Those issues are vitally important, too. All else being equal, we give the edge to Ms. Klausmeier for her deep connection to her district. She has a long track record of working hard for her constituents and shows no sign of slowing down. We want to see Mr. Miele in public service, but in this election, Ms. Klausmeier has our endorsement.