D.C.
Sept. 14
Democratic primaries
MAYOR
Our choice: Adrian Fenty
The incumbent has delivered and should get another four years. Read more »
On the issues:
EDUCATION: The candidates have a different sense of urgency about reform.
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EDUCATION: It's hard to discern Vincent Gray's priorities.
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EDUCATION: Would Gray back his frontline educators?
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GOVERNING STYLE: Gray has a record of heartfelt labor, minimal progress, major setbacks.
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PUBLIC SAFETY: Fenty has shown an aggressive willingness to use new tactics, even at the risk of being slapped down.
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TAXES AND SPENDING: The District's financial health is a result of both candidates.
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COUNCIL CHAIR
Our choice: Vincent Orange
An advocate for job creation and workforce training.
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CITY COUNCIL
Our choices:
WARD 1
Jim Graham Responds well to constituent needs.
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Ward 5
Delano Hunter Smart ideas on truancy, joblessness, and gay rights.
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Ward 6
Tommy Wells Advocates transportation and environmental needs.
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On the issues:
TAXES AND SPENDING : Instead of imposing new taxes, impose spending discipline.
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ELECTION REFORM: D.C. board of elections needs a leader as big reforms approaches.
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DELEGATE TO CONGRESS
Our choice: Eleanor Holmes Norton
She's saved the District significant sums, and no one's fought harder for voting representation.
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Maryland

Montgomery County

Sept. 14
Democratic primaries
COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Our choice: No endorsement
Isiah Leggett has a record of generally shrewd judgments and no credible opponent.
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COUNTY COUNCIL
Our choices:
DISTRICT 1: Roger Berliner A hard-working, knowledgeable incumbent.
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DISTRICT 2: Royce Hanson Would make a formidable council member.
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DISTRICT 3: Phil Andrews The most principled and fiscally responsible council member.
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(No primary opponent)
AT LARGE: Marc Elrich -- One of the more independent-minded and constructive members.
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AT LARGE: Nancy Floreen -- Seasoned and pragmatic.
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AT LARGE: Hans Riemer The makings of a capable public servant.
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AT LARGE: Duchy Trachtenberg A tough and consistent voice for fiscal responsibility.
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On the issues:
TAXES AND SPENDING: How to trim Montgomery's ambitions to fit its reduced means?
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EDUCATION: Teachers union has a grip on politics.
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Our choices:
DISTRICT 14:
Senate: Rona Kramer The incumbent is an influential voice for economic development.
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House: Anne Kaiser The incumbent has clout on education issues and fought tax scams.
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Robert 'Bo' Newsome Sensible on fiscal policy.
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Jodi Finkelstein A veteran advocate for victims of domestic violence.
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DISTRICT 15:
House: Brian Feldman The incumbent helped develop the county's biotech corridor.
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House: Kathleen Dumais The incumbent pushed tougher domestic-violence laws.
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Aruna Miller An expert on transportation issues.
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DISTRICT 16:
House: Bill Frick The incumbent worked to protect credit card holders.
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House: Susan Lee The incumbent fought identify theft and Internet fraud.
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Hrant Jamgochian A politically savvy expert on health policy.
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DISTRICT 18:
Senate: Richard Madaleno The incumbent tackled pension issues, which threaten to bankrupt Maryland.
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House: Ana Sol Gutierrez She supports construction of the Purple Line.
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Dana Beyer and Vanessa Atterbeary Both are Purple Line supporters attuned to the needs of varying socio-economic groups in the district.
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DISTRICT 19:
Senate: Roger Manno His collegial approach would likely yield results.
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House: Benjamin Kramer The incumbent is an able centrist.
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Bonnie Cullison Smart, civil and likely to be an effective lawmaker.
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Sam Arora A detail-oriented policy wonk.
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DISTRICT 20:
House: Sheila Hixson The incumbent gives the county a powerful voice on the Ways and Means Committee.
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Tom Hucker He deserves reelection for successfully transitioning from advocacy work.
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Heather Mizeur The incumbent energetically helped advance health coverage.
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DISTRICT 39:
Senate: Nancy King The incumbent is respected in Annapolis.
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Charles Barkley He deserves reelection for his Appropriations Committee work.
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Kirill Reznik The incumbent has a good sense of health issues.
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Robert Hydorn A local activist, he is the strongest candidate.
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Prince George's County

Sept. 14
Democratic primaries
COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Our choice: Rushern Baker
The right vision and priorities.
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COUNTY COUNCIL
Our choices:
DISTRICT 1: Frederick Smalls His management experience gives him an edge.
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DISTRICT 2: Will Campos Honest, conscientious, accessible and engaged.
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DISTRICT 3: Eric Olson One of the finest public servants in the county.
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DISTRICT 4: No endorsement Incumbent Ingrid Turner is unopposed in the primary.
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DISTRICT 5: Patricia Thornton Smart, substantive and knows how to broaden the tax base.
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DISTRICT 6: Mark Polk A sharp, savvy police-captain-turned-lawyer.
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DISTRICT 7: Darrell A. Miller Hardworking former mayor of Capitol Heights.
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DISTRICT 8: Archie L. O'Neil Integrity, street smarts and good ideas.
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DISTRICT 9: Mel Franklin One of the most promising new faces in county politics.
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On the issues:
ETHICS: Four council members have shown questionable ethical judgment.
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STATE ATTORNEY
Our choice: Angela Alsobrooks
Combines prosecutorial experience, management skill, intellectual agility and deft political instincts.
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Our choices:
DISTRICT 21: House:
Joseline Pena-Melnyk Pushed an innovative redistricting measure.
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Ben Barnes Has atoned for his vote against a domestic violence measure.
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Barbara Frush Leads on environmental issues and championed smoking ban.
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DISTRICT 23: Senate:
Douglas Peters An advocate for vets and small business.
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DISTRICT 23A: House:
James Hubbard Distinguished himself on consumer protection.
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Geraldine Valentino-Smith Experienced health-care advocate.
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DISTRICT 23B: House:
Marvin Holmes Conscientious and hard-working.
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DISTRICT 24: Senate:
Joanne Benson Fought against human trafficking and domestic violence.
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Carolyn Howard Pushed hard for education funding.
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Michael Vaughn Authority on minority small business issues.
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DISTRICT 25: Senate:
Dereck Davis and Aisha Braveboy Instrumental in new foreclosure mediation law.
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DISTRICT 26: Senate:
C. Anthony Muse Crusaded for student financial literacy.
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Ollie Anderson Can-do proposals for jobs and public-private partnerships.
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Sidney Gibson Active in education and business development.
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Jay Walker Would push investment in education and economic development.
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DISTRICT 27A: House:
James Proctor Competent and unobjectionable lawmaker.
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Percel Alston Would take a common-sense approach to law-and-order.
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DISTRICT 47: Senate:
David Harrington Has the potential to do good work on transportation and education.
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DISTRICT 47:
Doyle Niemanna Spearheaded bills to help homeowners facing foreclosure.
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Jolene Ivey An advocate for business improvement districts.
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Michael Summers Track record promoting literacy and reducing truancy.
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STATE ATTORNEY
Our choice: Angela Alsobrooks
Combines prosecutorial experience, management skill, intellectual agility and deft political instincts.
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Virginia
HOUSE RACES
Nov. 7
General election
Our choices: To be announced.
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