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Maryland's next lieutenant governor should be a woman

A Democratic gubernatorial forum hosted Saturday by the progressive United for Maryland political action committee provided a platform for any candidate willing to take aim at the state's popular Republican incumbent governor, Larry Hogan, and the nation's unpopular Republican president, Donald Trump. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

With regard to the best pick for lieutenant governor, I believe your editorial, "What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan" (Feb. 23), misses the mark on the value of this year's selections.

While women voters are not always reliable votes for women candidates, your praise of Jim Shea’s choice of Brandon Scott appears a bit tone deaf given the apparent mood and conviction of the female electorate in 2018. To many, these midterms represent a historic opportunity for women to control the outcome of elections. Traditionally comprising approximately 60 percent of primary voters in Maryland, women may well be looking deeper than the gubernatorial candidates themselves this year.

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The gender and geographic diversity presented by all but one campaign, in addition to the striking level of experience and gravitas that these women share, will have some of us thinking differently exactly because of the lieutenant governor candidates, especially when, should the ticket win, they represent a real opportunity in the future to elect Maryland's first woman governor.

Jamie Fontaine, Phoenix

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