Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have contributed heavily to what has become one-party Democratic rule in Annapolis: Not a single Republican state delegate or senator represents either of Maryland’s two biggest counties. That’s not healthy for those localities or for the state. Unfortunately, it’s also self-perpetuating: GOP candidates have been so marginalized that few have the money, political base and basic familiarity with state government to mount a credible campaign for office
We make our endorsements in Maryland legislative races this year mindful of the imbalance in the State House and frustrated at the scarcity of credible Republican candidates. We do not offer endorsements in every district; rather, we’ve focused our attention on races where there is a choice between or among credible candidates.
District 16: In this competitive race for the House of Delegates, we endorse incumbent Democrat Bill Frick and two challengers, Democrat Marc Korman and Republican Rose Li.
Mr. Frick is a rising star in the legislature, a budget expert who has contributed on a range of issues. Mr. Korman, a lawyer, product of Montgomery County schools and party activist who has worked on Capitol Hill, has the makings of a productive legislator, especially on issues pertaining to Metro and transportation generally. Ms. Li, with degrees from the University of Chicago and Princeton University, is an impressive fresh face, the founder and manager of a small business involved in scientific writing and conferences. Ms. Li believes Montgomery County is not getting its fair share of state funds for school construction and other purposes, and she argues that a win by a moderate Republican like herself would inspire the Democratic delegation to fight harder with its leadership on behalf of local constituents.
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