Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Consistency in the State Legislature – The Gazette Endorses Dumais

Gazette.Net, Wednesday, September 1, 2010

District 15 (all or parts of Clarksburg, Germantown, Poolesville, Potomac, Bethesda and Gaithersburg)

Two incumbents and three challengers seek the Democratic nominations for the House of Delegates seats in District 15; the incumbent senator, Rob Garagiola, will face Republican challenger Dwight Patel in the general election. The two incumbents, Kathleen Dumais and Brian Feldman, are smart, hard-working legislators who have gained the respect of their colleagues, as evidenced by their leadership positions, and deserve third terms in office.

Feldman, chairman of the Montgomery County delegation in Annapolis, is a leader in efforts to expand the biotech industry, arguing that it is critical to the state’s fiscal future, not to mention the continued role of the county as the state’s economic engine.

An attorney and accountant, he understands the complexities of the state budget and has the skills to lead Maryland through the coming budgetary challenges.

Dumais, a family-law attorney who serves as House parliamentarian, makes sure the state protects families and children. She was able to get support for passage of several bills this year targeting sex offenders and fought to help pass legislation to curtail gang violence in schools.

The third seat should go to Aruna Miller, a transportation engineer with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. Despite being a newcomer to politics, Miller’s years of professional experience give her a unique perspective on the role of transportation in strengthening the economy. While she supports completing the InterCounty Connector, she believes equally in the importance of transit projects such as the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway.

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