A scholar of political scandal management is hoping to become a politician himself.
David Anderson, an executive at a nonprofit group in Washington and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, is entering the Democratic primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.
Anderson said he would bring a “center-left progressive” perspective to a race dominated by liberals, while running a “low-budget upset campaign.”
For example, he said he was inclined to oppose the nuclear deal with Iran. If elected he would focus on opportunities to work with Republicans in a bipartisan manner, he said.
His candidacy was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.
Anderson is the vice president of the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, which helps college students find internships in the District. His role, according to his online biography, is to make sure state legislatures help pay for the program.
He also teaches a graduate-level government class at Johns Hopkins University titled “Scandal Management, Ethics and Public Policy,” which teaches students how politicians and nonprofit leaders deal with “privacy, safety, race and affirmative action, pornography and cybersecurity, downsizing in the public sector, and leadership.” He previously spent 12 years teaching political ethics at George Washington University’s graduate school.
Anderson wrote a recent opinion piece in the Sun proposing paid parental leave and tax credits for stay-at-home parents. He said that would be a lead issue on his campaign, one he has been working on since the 1980s,
The field for the seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) in the D.C. suburbs is already crowded: State Del. Kumar Barve, former Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin, former Obama administration official Will Jawando, former news anchor and Marriott executive Kathleen Matthews, state Sen. Jamie Raskin and Del. Ana Sol-Gutierrez are all competing for the seat.
Anderson lives in Potomac, Md., just outside the district after 2011 redistricting. Should he be elected, he said, he would move into the district.