THE POST’S endorsements in Northern Virginia’s contested races for the House of Delegates conclude today, our choices appearing in bold type. The full list of endorsements for Virginia’s Nov. 8 election is available at www.washingtonpost.com/editorials/.
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DISTRICT 41: Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn, formerly a lobbyist for Virginia on Capitol Hill, won a special election last year and deserves to be returned for a full term representing the Burke area of Fairfax County. She’s fought for legislation to expand those eligible for protective orders to include people in dating relationships. Libertarian Mike R. Kane is no match for Ms. Filler-Corn.
DISTRICT 42: Once upon a time, Republican David B. Albo, an astute lawyer who heads the House Courts of Justice committee, was an effective deal-maker who occupied his party’s center ground. As the GOP has moved rightward, Mr. Albo, after 18 years in the legislature, has moved with it. Now he is an advocate, and often a champion, for permissive gun laws and legislative assaults on undocumented immigrants that would turn Virginia into a mid-Atlantic version of Arizona or Alabama — and tie the state up in litigation. We doubt that would sit well with his constituents in southern Fairfax. Mr. Albo’s Democratic opponent, J.R. “Jack” Dobbyn Jr., a consultant, is a well-meaning political neophyte. We make no endorsement.
DISTRICT 44: John D. Barsa, the Republican challenger, is a straight-talking businessman who has distanced himself from the prevailing view in his party by his openness to higher taxes to pay for better roads. That’s sensible, but neither he nor an obscure independent candidate has offered a strong argument for throwing out the Democratic incumbent, Scott A. Surovell. Mr. Surovell, a politically astute freshman, is a lawyer who’s been a strong advocate for revitalizing Route 1, which threads through this southern Fairfax district. He also passed useful legislation protecting consumers who hire home energy auditors.
DISTRICT 48: Robert H. Brink, the seven-term Democratic incumbent, should be a shoo-in in this heavily Democratic district running along the Potomac through Arlington and into McLean. A moderate lawyer who’s pushed bills to make government run more efficiently, he faces token opposition from challengers Kathleen D. Gillette-Mallard, an independent with Tea Party ties, and Janet Murphy, an Independent Green candidate.
DISTRICT 52: Incumbent Democrat Luke E. Torian, pastor of a thriving church in Dumfries, must woo a swath of new voters in this redrawn district that tracks Interstate 95 through Prince William, including Dale City. He expects his advocacy for bringing Metrorail to Prince William will resonate with them — though that’s a ways off, at best. Still, Mr. Torian has spent most of his freshman term tending to more immediate concerns, such as helping small businesses, while businessman S. Cleveland Anderson, his Republican opponent, has dodged questions and offered more slogans than specifics.
DISTRICT 67: James M. LeMunyon , the incumbent Republican, is one of the more serious and independent-minded freshmen in Richmond. Granted, Mr. LeMunyon, who works for a Washington lobbyist, has pushed some gimmicky initiatives, including a measure that would permit the repeal of federal legislation if it falls afoul of two-thirds of states. But he has also been a credible voice for good and open government, and he rejects anti-tax pledges that would hamstring the state’s ability to meet critical needs. His Democratic challenger, Eric E. Clingan, a lawyer, is a decent candidate but unlikely to be as effective an advocate for this district in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun.
DISTRICT 87: Two political novices face off in this newly drawn district, which includes a chunk of eastern Loudoun and a snippet of northern Prince William. Anti-diabetes advocate Mike D. Kondratick, a Democrat, is unseasoned but promising. He’d be a better choice than businessman David I. Ramadan, a Republican who favors across-the-board spending cuts — including, presumably, for education programs — to shift funds to infrastructure. That would hurt public schools and gut important programs in a state already reeling from budget cuts.