Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hucker and Browning for Delegate

Every few years we hear the promise of potential new leaders. Silver Spring residents will go to the polls Tuesday to try to find those new leaders. In each of the legislative districts (18 and 20) that primarily cover our community we’ll effectively select at least one new state Delegate. We should base our votes on who will be the best progressive legislators and representatives of the community. With a bumper crop of Democrats with varied experience, it should be easy to elect capable legislators in each district.

On the eastern side of Silver Spring, there is one clear choice for delegate: Tom Hucker. While the other candidates generally have legislative experience and indicate support for some liberal programs, none have stood up repeatedly and effectively to actually pass progressive legislation in Annapolis like Hucker has as executive director and founder of Progressive Maryland and previously with other progressive groups. He has the knowledge, experience, and relationships to pass important legislation, represent Silver Spring and Takoma Park, and build important coalitions to make a difference.

Without questioning the professed beliefs or ability of congressional staffers, one still cannot help but applaud the one challenger who has been a leader in his own right – Tom Hucker has demonstrated that he will lead on our values and really accomplish something.

On the west side of Silver Spring (including Wheaton) in legislative District 18, James Browning has the experience, values, and integrity to best serve our community. As former executive director of Common Cause Maryland and leader of the American Cancer Society's legislative work in Maryland, he has the practical experience with the legislature that no other challenger can match. The community needs someone who can be effective from day one -- Browning and only Browning has that.

Browning has the progressive values we need. He talks straight about the realities of building the Purple Line, about fixing health care and education, about the economy and development. Browning has the practical ideas and the grounded thinking to actually get something done, as well as integrity and energy. Besides being the clean government guy in Maryland for four years, Browning isn't one of those slick, tell-you-what-you-want-to-hear politicians whose speech you have to parse to have any clue about what they really mean. He's got the drive to get things done and the honesty to tell you what he's aiming for. That's rare in politics.

Silver Spring needs leaders with integrity, experience, energy, and progressive values. Tom Hucker and James Browning are the leaders we need.


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