In 9B, there are primaries for both parties. On the Republican side, newcomer Carol Loveless is facing former state Del. Bob Flanagan. In this contest, we favor Ms. Loveless, an Ellicott City resident who owns a security company. Her emphasis on jobs, especially as the owner of a small business, gives her the edge over Mr. 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 Mr. Coale's community leadership in issues such as fighting against homelessness in Howard and his previous experience on the CA board make him the better choice.