Gazette Endorses Delegate Ariana Kelly for Re-Election!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014 (from The Gazette)

Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries.

For District 16 House of Delegates

With Del. Susan C. Lee of Bethesda running for an open state Senate seat this year, six challengers joined the two other Democratic incumbents seeking their party’s nomination for the three seats in District 16, which comprises some of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

The two incumbents — William Frick and Ariana Kelly, both of Bethesda — deserve a chance at another term. Frick has worked to ensure that the state is getting enough bang for its buck in its numerous tax credit programs is most welcome.

Kelly, on the other hand, is strong on women’s and family issues. She helped pass laws requiring that every hospital emergency room in the state — not just one in each county — have at least a protocol for providing rape kits for victims of sexual assault. She also has fought to require small businesses to provide employees with job-protected maternity and paternity leave, and to mandate that insurance companies cover autism treatment.

For District 16 state Senate

With three terms under her belt in the House, Lee deserves the Democratic nomination for the District 16 Senate seat.

Her priorities include those advocated by most Democrats: more state money for education; environmental protection; and mass transit, including the Purple Line and Metrorail. But Lee also has been a leader in efforts to fight domestic violence — helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders — and to enact stricter gun regulations.

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