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When it comes to political endorsements, voter beware

Some candidates rattle off their endorsements in lieu of their record or priorities. But just what/who do endorsements represent?

I've learned to ignore those allegedly from teachers, police and fireman. These are the endorsements of their unions, not necessarily the rank and file public servant. Since their lucrative contracts were often just negotiated, they continue to more or less exclusively support democrat incumbents.

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I'm not finding "single issue" voter group endorsements (LGBT, NRA, NOW, NARAL) helpful. For example, I can't figure out how Courtney Watson got the Sierra Club endorsement. Ms. Watson approved numerous high density residential developments close to waterways and parks, plus a mortuary and industrial mulching establishment in communities on well water. Support of electric cars and solar power don't negate that abuse of the environment.

Rather than the Apple Ballot picks of the teachers' union, I prefer parentschoiceofmaryland.com because they actually define the criteria they use to make their selections! The same is true for Citizens Working to Fix Howard County (fixhoco.com ). A local group of citizens from Savage even created their own slate of endorsements, proving people are paying attention and ready for change!

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Susan Garber, North Laurel

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