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Almanac Endorsement: Dumais, Feldman, Young for Delegate

Delegate, District 15

Almanac Endorsement

Delegate, Dist. 15

For Delegate in District 15, Democratic voters will choose three of four first-time candidates. We have an opportunity to send several new delegates to Annapolis with a range of experience.

BRIAN FELDMAN is an attorney and CPA with children at Beverly Farms Elementary in Potomac. His tax experience in what will be difficult financial times, in addition to his views on education, will make him a good choice for Potomac. The balance of taxes and fees will be reevaluated over the next four years. The General Assembly always benefits from the views of representatives with children in the public schools.

JOHN YOUNG, a Potomac physician and first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong, would be one of only three physicians in the General Assembly. Nearly a third of the 2,500 bills considered by the legislature concern health care, and Young’s expertise coupled with his compassion would be an asset.

Young says he will pursue a variety of options to provide health care coverage for all Marylanders. About 100,000 people in Montgomery County lack health insurance.

Young brings intelligence and a new perspective to his candidacy.

KATHLEEN DUMAIS is an attorney practicing in the area of family law, including divorce, custody and juvenile justice issues. She is motivated to serve in the General Assembly by the power the state has over family law issues and the impact that has on working families.

We have concerns about her views on a new study of a new Potomac River crossing. While she says such a study is very low priority, it is important that Potomac’s representatives in Annapolis firmly oppose the techway and related studies, and as such Dumais might not win our support in November.

MOST OF POTOMAC is represented in the General Assembly by a State Senator and three Delegates in District 15.

Two of three incumbent delegates in District 15 are not seeking reelection. Del. Richard La Vay (R-15) is running for Delegate in another district. Del. Mark Shriver (D-15) is running for the Democratic nomination for Congress.

On the Republican side, incumbent Jean Cryor (R-15), Mary Kane and Bill Askinazi will all appear on the November ballot, and the Almanac will issue fresh endorsements for the General Election.

For all candidates’ responses to the Potomac Almanac questionnaire, see www.PotomacAlmanac.com.