Red­mer for county ex­ec­u­tive

In­sur­ance Com­mis­sioner Al Red­mer is the clear choice in the Repub­li­can pri­mary for Bal­ti­more County ex­ec­u­tive.

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Our view:

Mary­land vot­ers face a lot of tough choices in this month’s elec­tions. The Repub­li­can pri­mary for Bal­ti­more County ex­ec­u­tive is not one of them. Al Red­mer is by far the best choice.

Mr. Red­mer is well pre­pared for the role of lead­ing the re­gion’s largest lo­cal gov­ern­ment. He has sub­stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. Apro­tege of the late Helen Bent­ley, he served in the House of Del­e­gates, ris­ing to be­come mi­nor­ity leader, and in two stints as the state in­sur­ance com­mis­sioner. In the pri­vate sec­tor, he has run com­pa­nies large and small. He has a nuts and bolts, pro-busi­ness vi­sion for Bal­ti­more County that fo­cuses on strong man­age­ment, pub­lic safety and ed­u­ca­tion. His com­mit­ment to bet­ter cus­tomer ser­vice and in­creased trans­parency is wel­come and nec­es­sary.

By no means do we agree with Mr. Red­mer on all the is­sues, but be­tween him and his op­po­nent, Del. Pat McDonough, there is no con­test. Mr. McDonough has mod­er­ated some of his more bom­bas­tic and big­oted in­stincts in this elec­tion — you hear only oc­ca­sional de­ri­sive ref­er­ences to Mex­i­cans from him on the cam­paign trail — but his record of race bait­ing, anti-im­mi­grant rhetoric and Is­lam­o­pho­bia is be­yond dis­pute. Even putting that aside, his in­sis­tence that the county ex­ec­u­tive should take charge of ed­u­ca­tion up to and in­clud­ing set­ting school dis­ci­plinary poli­cies is a bad idea, and his talk about mak­ing Bal­ti­more County a “law and or­der” ju­ris­dic­tion is straight out of the 1960s.

Mr. Red­mer, on the other hand, rep­re­sents Bal­ti­more County’s fis­cally con­ser­va­tive tra­di­tions and of­fers ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing across the po­lit­i­cal aisle, some­thing that would be nec­es­sary if county vot­ers elected the first Repub­li­can ex­ec­u­tive Al Red­mer is in im­por­tant ways cut from the same cloth as Gov. Larry Ho­gan. in nearly 30 years. He is in im­por­tant ways cut from the same cloth as Gov. Larry Ho­gan, who has taken the some­what un­usual step of en­dors­ing him in a com­pet­i­tive Repub­li­can pri­mary. There’s good rea­son for that. Not only would Gov­er­nor Ho­gan be able to count on Mr. Red­mer for a strong work­ing re­la­tion­ship should they both suc­ceed in Novem­ber, but Mr. Ho­gan stands a much bet­ter chance of win­ning that sec­ond term if he has an ally like Mr. Red­mer on his ticket this fall.

But Repub­li­can pri­mary vot­ers don’t need to play the po­lit­i­cal an­gles to see who would be the bet­ter leader for the county. Al Red­mer has the man­age­ment abil­ity to keep county gov­ern­ment run­ning ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively, and he has the po­lit­i­cal skills to build sup­port for his agenda. He has our en­dorse­ment.

ALGERINA PERNA/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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