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It's Just Politics

City Paper's Primary Election Endorsements

By Lee Gardner and Erin Sullivan | Posted 9/5/2007

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Facing down the business end of another city election cycle, though, we were hoping for a full slate of candidates we could heartily endorse. Instead, we find ourselves giving an enthusiastic nod to a modest number of patently worthy incumbents and promising challengers, and making our best guess with the rest. Who do you go for: the mossy-backed pol who does no harm but does little demonstrable good, or the wobbly newcomer who may or may not be able to make the positive difference someone should? Things won't get better in Baltimore unless city voters exercise their franchise on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Given the prospects in some of these races, though, we're not sure improvement is a sure bet, no matter who wins.

Nonetheless, here are our picks for the folks we believe you should consider in the individual City Council districts and citywide. The text of many of the candidates' responses to City Paper questionnaires can be found online at www.citypaper.com. Since there are no contested Republican or third-party races, the following endorsements are all for Democratic primaries. (Given the fact that Republicans and third-party candidates won't run, or run seriously, for the general election in many city races, the primary is the election in many races, so please make your best guess, too.)

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