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Szeliga lacks Maryland values

Kathy Szeliga and Chris Van Hollen square off for Maryland's U.S. Senate seat.

A new ad has appeared on Maryland's airwaves that espouses the supposed merits of Del. Kathy Szeliga, the Republican candidate for Barbara Mikulski's U.S. Senate seat. It asserts that Delegate Szeliga works to help Maryland's most vulnerable citizens, that she prioritizes leadership over politics and that she will inspire Marylanders to create a better state and "push us to be the best we can be." Unfortunately, these claims are contradicted by her record ("A relative newcomer, Szeliga has become leading voice for GOP," Oct. 22).

Far from being a stalwart advocate for Maryland's most vulnerable, she opposed important legislation that would help marginalized neighborhoods in Baltimore. Unlike Gov. Larry Hogan, she fought against legislation that would make college more affordable for Marylanders. Her support for Donald Trump, who continually degrades and insults women and minorities, has, in her words, "never wavered," and she's voted against marriage equality and against paid sick leave. She could not be further away from the ideals of Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who embodies Maryland values.

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, on the other hand, does stand for Maryland values and priorities, and that's why Senator Mikulski has endorsed him. He's fought for Marylanders across the state, made sure that those who need help receive it and strives to grow our economy in a way that works for everyone. The ad says that "one inspired leader can out-perform one hundred legislators." Mr. Van Hollen is and always has been that leader and he has the record to prove it. That's why I support him for U.S. Senate.

Julie Sugar, Baltimore

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