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December 06, 2012

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Joe Bob Jones

I think it's wrong to say the administration didn't work hard to get a map passed that actually would have helped the Bay and committed farmers. What's most mind-boggling (and what nobody's talking about) is why three Columbia Democrats would bend to the will of a group of short-term farmers in the west.

Also, district 3 isn't really a swing district. Terrasa beat Schrader (a big gun?) in 2010 by roughly the same margin that Ball beat Avery in district 2. Even still, if we consider 3 a swing district and if Terrasa faces a tough race there in 2014 why would she need to bolster her environmental (i.e. liberal) bona fides?

Marshmallow Man

These are great, thoughtful comments. Thank you!

You bring up an excellent point about the Columbia-based Council members and the group of western Howard farmers. I don't quite have an answer for you. Would like to throw it out there for others who may?

And I do think I would consider District 3 swing. Here's why. District 3 has actually gone GOP in the recent past and there are a wealth of candidates who live there (besides the Schraders, there are various past candidates for Council and General Assembly who live in 3).

The importance of District 3 and the shoring up of environmentalist bona fides is important in the context of the County Exec race. Jen supports Guy who was the District 3 Council member. Courtney is from District 1. And in a Democratic primary, rallying the party base is more important. There is more of that base in 3 than in 1 and although these districts are the two main candidates' home districts, every vote counts, this will be a tight primary and if Guy can run up the score in 3 more than Courtney can in 1 (where her crossover appeal can't help her in the primary), it's advantage Guzzone.

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