May 30, 2014
Choices in Montgomery
District 16: The best candidate to replace Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who is running for state attorney general, is Susan C. Lee, who has represented this district (including parts of Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Potomac) in the House for 12 years and has Mr. Frosh’s endorsement. Ms. Lee has been a leader in responding to the dangers of cybercrime and identity theft and has worked to protect victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Her most serious challenger, Hugh Hill, is an emergency physician with an admirable record of medical service but less involvement in civic and political affairs.
In the House races, two incumbents — C. William Frick, an emerging leader, and Ariana B. Kelly — have worked hard for transportation funding, marriage equality and other priorities and both merit renomination. Among six challengers competing for the third seat, two stand out: Hrant Jamgochian, a health policy expert whom we endorsed four years ago, and Marc Korman, a first-time candidate who wins our endorsement this year. Either would be a highly able legislator, but Korman — an attorney, former aide to two Democratic members of Congress and local party activist — has the edge as someone who would focus on Montgomery’s transportation and school construction needs and who has the legislative smarts to be effective from Day One.