Former County Executive Robert Pascal has endorsed state Sen. Philip C.
Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park, in a close race for the District 31 Senate seat.
Jimeno is vying with Delegate John R. Leopold, R-Pasadena, for the seat.
Pascal, a Republican, served two terms as county executive, leaving office in 1982. He currently works as appointments secretary to Democratic Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
In a letter to District 31 residents, Pascal said that Jimeno "has impressed me as a man of integrity and dedication. Phil has never taken a walk on a vote, and he has faced the issues head-on with a nearly perfect attendance record. . . . As a family man myself, I know Phil Jimeno shares the same concerns I do."