There are 14 Republican candidates on the ballot for U.S. Senate, but only three serious contenders, according to major news outlets and the polling. They are Chrys Kefalas of Baltimore, Kathy Szeliga of Baltimore County and Richard Douglas who resides in Prince George's County.

I support Mr. Douglas for the Senate, and I hope you will as well. He is the only one of these candidates who can beat Rep. Donna Edwards or Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. in November on his own merits and message ("Kefalas for Senate," April 20).

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The Douglas campaign is a grassroots effort. Douglas supporters recognize he has the core competencies and gravitas to represent Maryland's interests on the national stage in Washington. We cannot afford to send a rookie to the Senate for on-the-job training while Marylanders struggle to find jobs and pay taxes.

Mr. Douglas has a depth of knowledge, professional experience and world view that is unmatched by his opponents. He can stand on the Senate floor and speak eloquently and with authority on the critical issues facing Maryland and our nation. He is well versed on issues as diverse as job creation, taxes, national security, military operations, veterans, immigration, international trade and foreign relations. The endorsement of Ambassador John Bolton is not too shabby either.

Maryland needs Richard Douglas, and he needs your vote on April 26.

Janet Beck, Waldorf

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