Montgomery County’s all-Democratic delegation of state lawmakers in Annapolis includes a number of the General Assembly’s most senior and respected stalwarts. Despite that, its status as the state’s only county (or city) with a population exceeding 1 million, it doesn’t always exercise clout commensurate with its weight. Some promising newcomers might help. The following candidates, identified in bold type, are our choices in the contested Democratic primary races on June 24. (There are no contested Republican primary races in Montgomery.)
District 16: In the House races, two incumbents — C. William Frick, an emerging leader, and Ariana B. Kelly — have worked hard for transportation funding, marriage equality and other priorities and both merit renomination. Among six challengers competing for the third seat, two stand out: Hrant Jamgochian, a health policy expert whom we endorsed four years ago, and Marc Korman, a first-time candidate who wins our endorsement this year. Either would be a highly able legislator, but Korman — an attorney, former aide to two Democratic members of Congress and local party activist — has the edge as someone who would focus on Montgomery’s transportation and school construction needs and who has the legislative smarts to be effective from Day One.
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