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There will be nominal changes in the team District 7 sends to the Maryland General Assembly as a result of this fall’s elections, but only because the incumbent senator is seeking a different office and one of the incumbent delegates is running for the open State Senate seat.

On paper, it looks like a race with plenty of options: all the incumbents are Republicans in a district that is, by registration, strongly Democratic; there are more than a dozen people running in the House primaries and both parties’ Senate primaries are contested.

The political reality, however, is the likely winners are incumbent Republican Dels. Rick Impallaria and Pat McDonough, and Kathy Szeliga, who previously served as chief of staff for outgoing District 7 Sen. Andy Harris, as well as Del. J.B. Jennings, who is looking to move into Harris’ Senate seat.

In the Republican Primary, this group constitutes the preferred ticket for the kind of representation the people of District 7 seem to like. McDonough, Impallaria and Jennings consistently manage to present their ideas on national Republican hot button issues such as immigration and federal spending, as well as make the perennial GOP cry that taxes need to be cut, to an audience much wider than their support base.

While talking about such issues, they accomplish relatively little. Though they talk about cutting taxes, state taxes have increased under their watch, both with a Democratic governor and under their Republican guru, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who raised the state real estate tax and jacked up just about every state fee.

It appears their ability to participate in the debate, even while accomplishing very little and allowing state taxes from Harford County and District 7 to be spent elsewhere in the state, is exactly what the voters of the district want, so we encourage the district’s voters to cast ballots for McDonough, Impallaria and Szeliga for House and Jennings for Senate in the Republican Primary.

Though largely a political sideshow in this district, the Democratic Primary features a slate of people who appear to have a legislative temperament, that being a realization that everyone in the House and Senate got elected, so once you’re in office, you need to negotiate if you want to accomplish anything.

In the Democratic Primary for the House, four contenders are running in a pick three race: Jeff Beard, David “SKI” Mioduszewski, James Morrow and Kristina Sargent.

Beard expressed succinctly a sentiment that three of the four Democrats running on the House side seem to espouse regarding a desire for more doing and less talking about party divisions: “We need to come together and decide what is best for the people and not be worried about the party or ourselves.”

While this sentiment hasn’t translated to getting votes in District 7 in the past, it is in stark contrast to what has proven successful for the Republicans. As such, it represents a bright line between what the Democrats and Republicans would offer in the general election.

The three Democratic candidates who seem to best represent this notion are: Beard, who spent a career working for GM and also owns a small catering company; Morrow, a lawyer who has been active in politics for many years; and Sargent, an Abingdon resident and Maryland National Guard soldier recently laid off from her job as a substitute teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools.

The fourth Democrat, Mioduszewski, is a retired veteran whose goals are to improve the way veterans are treated and make medications more affordable for senior citizens. While these are important goals, Mioduszewski’s focus seems a little narrow.

In the Democratic race for senate, there are two candidates, Rebecca Weir Nelson and Jim Stavropoulos Jr. In this race, the edge goes to Stavropoulos, largely because of his experience in the private sector.

The Aegis recommends Democrats vote in the District 7 primary for Beard, Morrow and Sargent for house; and for Stavropoulos in the senate race.

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