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We’ve endorsed Hillary Clinton for president because we believe she is the most experienced, most knowledgeable and has the best temperament. We also believe Clinton will make the best choices for the U.S. Supreme Court and has the best plans to move America forward.

However, President Barack Obama’s two terms in office proves that to get something done in Washington the president needs strong allies in Congress.

The Tribune endorses Democrat Katie McGinty for the U.S. Senate in part because she will be a strong and able ally for Hillary Clinton in Washington. If elected, McGinty could take one of the five seats needed by Democrats to take control of the Senate next year.

Clinton will need McGinty to be part of a new Congress to get anything done on jobs, education, health care and other social issues.

By contrast, Pat Toomey, the incumbent Republican, joined with some of his more conservative Republican colleagues in the senate in opposing Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General. He opposes holding a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, Obama’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Both Lynch, who overcame Toomey’s opposition, and Garland are highly qualified.

Toomey’s waffling on whether he endorses Donald Trump for president shows a lack of courage and leadership. Other Republicans have put country above party and refused to endorse Trump, who is unfit to be president.

McGinty does not have the political baggage of trying to placate right-wing conservatives and Trump supporters.

McGinty is knowledgeable on policy and has experience in both government and the private sector. She has served as chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Bill Clinton administration and was Pennsylvania’s environmental chief.

McGinty has pledged to uphold the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Toomey voted to repeal it. Toomey is anti-abortion and voted to defund Planned Parenthood. McGinty supports a woman’s right to choose and supports the women’s health care organization.

McGinty is the better choice for U.S. Senate.

Josh Shapiro for

Pa. Attorney General

The dismantling of Kathleen Kane’s career as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General shows the need to have a proven manager in the office. Kane’s once-promising political career was squandered by her management style and conduct in office.

We believe the best person in the general election to replace her is Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. Shapiro, chairman of the board of the third-largest county in the state, chairman of the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and a former four-term state representative, has the management and legislative experience and has demonstrated the intelligence and integrity needed to reform the Attorney General’s Office.

In other races, the Tribune endorses the following candidates:

Joe Torsella for State Treasurer

Torsella has a proven record in managing people and budgets as chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, chairman of the National Constitution Center and deputy mayor of Philadelphia for policy and planning in the Ed Rendell administration.

Eugene DePasquale

for Auditor General

Representative in Congress

Robert Brady , 1st District

Dwight Evans, 2nd District

Brendan F. Boyle, 13th District

Senator in the

General Assembly

Lawrence Farnese Jr., 1st District

Sharif Street, 3rd District

Vincent Hughes, 7th District

Representative in the

General Assembly

Angel Cruz, 18th District

W. Curtis Thomas, 181st District

Jordan Harris, 186th District

James Roebuck, 188th District

Donna Bullock, 195th District

Rosita Youngblood, 198th District

Stephen Kinsey, 201st District

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