We believe the status quo is the way to go this election season.
In the four local contested races for General Assembly delegate slots, the Times-Mirror endorses the candidate with statewide experience in each of those races.
Our picks include Robert Marshall, David Poisson, Chuck Caputo and Tom Rust -- all incumbents.
Here are our choices and why:
13th District: While we don't agree with Republican Robert Marshall's stand on some social issues, he's a battler for John and Jane Q. Public. In Loudoun, he was instrumental -- along with U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf -- in getting the Aldie roundabouts constructed; he also helped to widen Route 28 to eight lanes and construct 10 interchanges from Route 7 to I-66. He refuses to budge on some issues, which alienates him from fellow party members, and has had several of his proposed bills shot down. But Marshall deserves a 10th term against an opponent who lacks statewide legislative experience. John Bell -- the Democratic challenger from South Riding -- has focused his campaign on Virginia's budget crisis, and rightfully so, but he's a long shot in this race.