- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2000

The presidential race has garnered most of the media coverage and water-cooler debate, and given what's at stake, that's hardly unreasonable. It's important to remember there are a number of area races with national implications of their own as in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia as well as those that will dictate the agenda locally as in D.C. Council races. With that in mind, The Washington Times recaps its endorsements to provide a handy voter guide to those heading to the polls today:

• George Allen in the Virginia Senate race. Mr. Allen, a former state delegate, U.S. congressman and governor, has the experience and political sensibility right for the job. He once held Thomas Jefferson's seat in the Virginia General Assembly, and his Jeffersonian preference for limited government is what Virginia, and the nation, needs.

• Connie Morella in the congressional race for Maryland's 8th District. Mrs. Morella is the more conservative of the two candidates and has shown a willingness to eliminate the marriage penalty the extra tax one pays just for being married and the death tax.

• Demaris Miller in the congressional race for Virginia's 8th District. Mrs. Miller is a fiscal conservative and tax cutter willing to stand up for conservative "social" issues like a ban on partial-birth abortion and for protecting Second Amendment rights.

• Harold Brazil and Carol Schwartz for at-large seats on the D.C. Council. Mr. Brazil has opposed overweight budgets and the city's confiscatory parking-enforcement policies. Mrs. Schwartz favors sales tax cuts and tougher drug and violent crime laws.

• Jack Evans for the Council seat in Ward 2; Adrian Fenty for the council seat in Ward 4; Kevin Chavous for the Council seat in Ward 7; Sandy Allen for the Council seat in Ward 8.

• The Rev. Robert G. Childs for president of the D.C. School Board. The incumbent in this race, Mr. Childs has the experience and, more important, a record of keeping the interests of D.C. schoolchildren first and foremost. He deserves to win this, the first election for D.C. school board president.

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