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05.29.14 A Dilemma of Riches in MD D20

Posted on the 29 May 2014 by Keith Berner @leftyview

With two open seats in the most progressive part of the most progressive county in one of the bluest states in the US of A, voters in Takoma Park and Silver Spring, Maryland are blessed with some very difficult decisions in the June 24 primary (which given the local ideology, is the only election that matters).

Our incumbent state senator, Jamie Raskin, is a bonafide national progressive leader in the making. He is running unopposed, so there’s no dilemma there.

The dean of our three-seat delegation to the House of Delegates, House Ways and Means Chair Sheila Hixson is so deserving of reelection, that I sometimes have almost forgotten that she is running. Well, she does need to be reelected and D20 voters are going to make that happen. No dilemma.

The other two incumbent delegates, Tom Hucker and Heather Mizeur, are gunning for other offices. Which leaves (by my count) six worthy contenders for two seats.  I’ve now met with all of them. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • D’Juan Hopewell
  • Will Jawando
  • David Moon
  • Jonathan Shurberg
  • Will Smith
  • Darian Unger

Yes, your blogger has thought long and hard about how he will vote in this race. His mind has at times been made up and at other times, not quite so.

Here is your chance to weigh in, Dear Reader. Would you like to make your case to me for your chosen candidates? Do you want to share secrets with me that you think others should know? Do you sense that I’ve been on the wrong track in what I have revealed of my views thus far? Would you like to prognosticate about the outcome of the race?

Please leave your comments on this blog, write to me, or (if you know my number) give me a call. If you want me to keep confidential anything you share, I will. If you want it to be published, but just not have your name on it, that’s fine too.

I’ll publish my views soon and may very well take your views into account.

©2014 Keith Berner

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