Maryland state Sen. Rob Garagiola (D) officially launched his campaign for the redrawn 6th congressional district Tuesday, vowing to add a seat to the Democratic column and “break the petty partisan logjam in Washington.”
The seat is currently held by veteran Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R), who has vowed to seek reelection next year even though Democrats in Annapolis deliberately altered the district in the state’s new map to make it ripe for a pickup, by removing the more conservative eastern portions of the district and adding a large slice of liberal-leaning western Montgomery County.
The seat now includes Garagiola’s current state Senate district, though he promised at a Tuesday morning stop at a Frederick coffee shop that he would work for everyone in the new district.
“We are about a year from taking the seat back, giving voters a choice for the first time in 20 years,” Garagiola said.
He delivered a similar message later Tuesday morning in front of the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, saying that “things are adrift under the current leadership in Congress.”
Though he has the support of some key local leaders, Garagiola is not the only Democrat pursuing the 6th district seat. Former Montgomery County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg is running, and a handful of other Democrats — including former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan — are also said to be considering bids.