Fortunately, the voters of District 40 have better options. Antonio Hayes, who narrowly missed winning a seat in the district eight years ago, brings years of experience as a legislative staffer in Annapolis and City Hall. Most recently, he has served as chief of staff to the Baltimore Department of Social Services, where he worked successfully to reduce the number of children in foster care or group homes awaiting permanent placements. In office, he would focus on housing policy with a goal of aligning tax incentives to spur more investment in neighborhoods that need help rather than along the waterfront. He has our endorsement, as does Robert LaPin, a military veteran and former teacher. He is perhaps the most progressive candidate running in the city this year and has been particularly active in the fight over the proposed CSX transfer station in Southwest Baltimore.