Five years ago, state Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca was forced to resign his leadership post and ultimately his seat as senator from the 32nd District following a scandal involving a threatening charge.

The voters of the 32nd District -- a 10-town region that includes Roxbury and Bridgewater -- turned to Republican Robert Kane, of Watertown, to succeed the popular, longtime GOP legislator.

Sen. Kane has done a commendable job for his constituents over the past nearly five years, and we believe he deserves to be re-elected to a third full two-year term on Nov. 6.

Sen. Kane's opponent is Democrat James Gambardella of Watertown. We applaud the longtime teacher for challenging the incumbent, who had faced no opposition in 2010.

Mr. Gambardella is an earnest and concerned citizen, and he has a good understanding of the key issues facing the district and the state.

However, he has limited political experience and community involvement, especially in comparison to his opponent.

Sen. Kane, who is a small-business owner, has an impressive resume of involvement in government, including several years on the Watertown Town Council, and in performing key roles with myriad business and community organizations.

We do not agree with Sen. Kane on all the issues, including his opposition to gay marriage, but we admire his sincerity and respect his admission this week that he wishes he could take back his vote against same-sex marriage.

We believe Sen. Kane has worked hard, provided good constituent service and represented his district well in the state Legislature, where he serves as deputy minority leader of the Senate and ranking member of the Appropriations Committee.

We encourage 32nd District voters to send Robert Kane back to Hartford for another term as their state senator.