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Former Cumberland mayor to challenge Bartlett

May 25, 2007

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Former Cumberland mayor Frank Nethken announced Wednesday his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

Nethken, a Republican, would face Bartlett in the Feb. 12 primary election. Bartlett said in December that he plans to seek a ninth term representing the district, which covers Allegany, Garrett, Washington, Carroll and Frederick counties and portions of Baltimore, Harford and Montgomery counties.

Nethken, 76, served as mayor of Cumberland from 1978 to 1982. Since then, he has made numerous failed bids for public office, including mayor, city councilman and Allegany County commissioner. He ran twice for the House of Representatives.

In a 10-minute speech, Nethken said he opposes abortion and illegal immigration and supports Social Security reform. Nethken also said he would work to reinstitute the military draft.

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