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McCown will try to unseat Bartlett

December 10, 1997

McCown will try to unseat Bartlett

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - Calling himself a voice for the forgotten middle class, Jefferson, Md., resident Tim D. McCown today plans to launch his bid for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

McCown, a Democrat, will launch his campaign at noon in front of 309 W. Patrick St.

McCown, 47, who is seeking his first elective office, said he initially planned to run for Maryland's General Assembly but opted for Congress when he saw big-name Democrats had not stepped forward to challenge the three-term Republican.

"Basically, the middle class in the current system doesn't have a voice," he said. "Dr. Bartlett's a millionaire and so many members of Congress are millionaires."

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McCown cited Bartlett's opposition to raising the minimum wage as an example of an area in which he has lost touch with average people. He said he envisions the environment, the schools and good-paying jobs as the top three issues.

McCown, who is married, said he was laid off from his job in 1991 and started an alcohol and drug counseling program. The business, Guidelines Counseling, opened a Hagerstown office last year, he said.

McCown said he will avoid taking campaign contributions from political action committees, limiting himself to individual donations. He said he thinks there is too much special-interest money in politics.

Bartlett, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, could not be reached for comment.

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