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Voters identify with Bobby Zirkin

Pikesville attorney Sheldon Laskin launched his campaign for state Senate at the Pikesville Library on March 2. He is running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Sen. Bobby Zirkin.
Pikesville attorney Sheldon Laskin launched his campaign for state Senate at the Pikesville Library on March 2. He is running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Sen. Bobby Zirkin. (Pamela Wood and File / Baltimore Sun)

The age of Donald Trump has descended upon Baltimore County politics. A "progressive" candidate is challenging Sen. Bobby Zirkin in the June Democratic primary ("Zirkin facing 1st challenge since '06,” March 13). The progressive wing of the Democratic Party, spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, believes the answer to President Trump is progressive policies. Maybe in statewide or national contests, but not in Pikesville and Owings Mills.

Senator Zirkin's opponent was recruited by activists unhappy with his positions on Annapolis issues such a paid sick leave and bail reform, positions he may have taken because of his responsibilities as a committee chairman. Having represented the same community for 20 years as a delegate, I can say politics is very local. He wins because of his very personal popularity. In the voting booth, the thought is about Bobby speaking to high school classes, and not bail reform.

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The progressives do not see that Mr. Trump's election came about, in part, because people vote for candidates they feel personally connected with. The Democratic agenda would be better served by popular, electable candidates.

Theodore Levin, Pikesville

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The writer, a Democrat, served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1975 to 1994.

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