- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 5, 2006

In recent weeks, we endorsed candidates in the Washington region. Today, we offer capsules.

In the District of Columbia:

Robert Bobb for school board president. Education remains the No. 1 parochial issue as stakeholders prepare to vote tomorrow, Nov. 7. That’s why it is important that the next president of the D.C. Board of Education be more than an advocate; the city needs a proven manager to help oversee a $1.5 billion enterprise and a proven leader who can maneuver the maze of politics and pratfalls in the school system, in City Hall and on Capitol Hill.

In Maryland:

Re-elect Gov. Bob Ehrlich. For the past four years, Mr. Ehrlich has waged a long, difficult fight for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility against an irresponsible General Assembly intent on piling new taxes and regulatory burdens upon the taxpayers of Maryland.

Michael Steele for U.S. Senate. The lieutenant governor would bring fresh leadership on behalf of tax and regulatory reform and economic growth to the Senate, together with a mature appreciation of the need for strong U.S. leadership. He represents a refreshing contrast to the brand of liberal orthodoxy that has characterized Maryland’s Senate delegation for the past generation.

Herb McMillan for state Senate (District 30). For the past four years, Delegate Herb McMillan has distinguished himself as a fighter for lower taxes and a leader in fighting driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.

Bryan Simonaire for state Senate (District 31). Mr. Simonaire is a strong conservative who would fight for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.

Craig Borne for state Senate (District 8). Mr. Borne, endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, offers a brand of moderate conservatism that would represent a large step forward in this district.

Rick Martel for state Senate (District 12). Mr. Martel, who switched to the Republican Party years ago in response to the Democratic Party’s support for abortion on demand, strongly criticizes the General Assembly for overriding the governor’s vetoes of irresponsible legislation, such as the bill barring the state from taking over 11 failing Baltimore schools.

Sandra Schrader for state Senate (District 13). In this swing district, Mrs. Schrader is a moderate who is being smeared by Democrats as an enemy of birth control. Voters should send the Democrats a message rejecting these dirty tricks.

Tom McKay for state Senate (District 29A). Mr. McKay, president of the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners, is a conservative who has made the incumbent’s vote for the punitive tax on Wal-Mart a centerpiece of his campaign.

Doug Riley for state Senate (District 42). A former Baltimore County councilman, Mr. Riley has been criticizing the incumbent’s support for overriding Mr. Ehrlich’s vetoes on bills ranging from a minimum-wage increase to in-state tuition for illegals.

In District 30, a three-member district, three Republicans would be a tremendous improvement over the reflexive liberalism of the Democrats. Elect Ron George, Andy Smarick and Ron Elfenbein for the House of Delegates.

In District 13, all three Republican candidates are thoughtful conservative critics of the Democratic Party’s approach to crime, taxes and the imposition of suffocating regulation economic regulations. Elect Rick Bowers, Mary Beth Tung and Loretta Gaffney for the House of Delegates.

In District 38B, the Republican challengers are focusing their campaign on the incumbents’ support for the Wal-Mart bill, which jeopardized 800 jobs at a distribution facility in the area. Elect Bonnie Luna and Michael James for the House of Delegates.

In District 27B, elect David Hale, president of the Calvert County Board of Commissioners, to the House. He is a moderate who opposes the anti-Wal-Mart bill and the state legislature’s anti-business tilt.

In District 29C, re-elect House Minority Whip Anthony O’Donnell, who has been a staunch friend of the Maryland taxpayer and has done standout work in winning passage of House legislation imposing tough sentences on sex offenders.

In Virginia:

Re-elect Sen. George Allen: The junior senator from Virginia and successful former governor of the Commonwealth is pro-tax-cut, strong on defense, strong on border security, tough on illegals and a supporter of free trade, traditional marriage and constitutionalist judges. He also has been a fine advocate for Virginia’s transportation and economic-development needs and counts $1 billion in tax cuts and the abolition of parole for violent criminals among his accomplishments as governor from 1994-1998.

Re-elect Rep. Frank Wolf, 10th District: This unparalleled advocate for human rights is also a tireless advocate for the issues that matter most to Northern Virginians, prominently transportation: He helped widen I-66 and this year saved the Metro extension to Tysons Corner. On the House Appropriations Committee, he can be expected to score more such victories for Northern Virginia, which suffers disproportionately in the Washington area, the country’s most traffic-congested metropolitan region behind Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Re-elect Rep. Tom Davis, 11th District: The well-liked and much-respected Northern Virginian represents a diverse district split about evenly between Republicans and Democrats. Yet he manages to score victories for conservatism, including support for tax cuts, continued operations in Iraq and limits on partial-birth abortion. He is also a scourge of government waste and a voice for the District of Columbia as chair of the House Government Reform Committee.

Tom O’Donoghue, 8th District: This Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, also a lawyer, supports a border-security-first approach to immigration and tapping domestic energy sources in the short run.

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