During 20 years representing the 76th District in the state House of Representatives, Democrat Ruth Ann Palumbo has built an admirable record that justifies voters returning her to office for another term.
Palumbo has distinguished herself as a champion of some of the most vulnerable members of society — children and the elderly. She has also been an advocate for consumers, has proposed legislation that would clean up the excesses of "vote hauling" and has worked on numerous health care issues.
But her most visible efforts have come as chair of the House Economic Development Committee where she helps mold policies relating to economic incentives for businesses both large and small.
Palumbo's Republican opponent this year is Richard M. Marrs, the owner of an advertising agency.
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When Marrs ran for a seat on the Urban County Council in 2008, we endorsed him as one of the two candidates who should move on from the non-partisan primary to the compete in the general election. If he were running for a council seat again this year, or if he were running for the House in some other district, he would deserve serious consideration.
But 76th District voters have a hard-working, dedicated, experienced incumbent who has served them admirably for 20 years. Ruth Ann Palumbo has earned their respect and trust — and the chance to continue serving them when the General Assembly reconvenes in 2011.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Friday.