Nethken officially files to challenge Bartlett

July 25, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has his first official challenger for next year's election.

Frank Nethken, a former mayor of Cumberland, Md., filed on Tuesday to challenge Bartlett, an eight-term incumbent in Maryland's 6th District.

Nethken said he is running as a Republican, forcing Bartlett into a GOP primary in February.

He pledged Tuesday to only serve one term as a representative. After that, he would challenge Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin for his U.S. Senate seat, Nethken said.

Democrat Andrew Duck, who lost to Bartlett last year, said in an e-mail last month that he is planning to take on Bartlett again.


The general election is in November 2008.

As of Tuesday, only Bartlett and Nethken had filed to run. Bartlett filed May 29, according to the Maryland Board of Elections' Web site.

Nethken, 76, said he was a Democrat until 1988, when he switched to the Republican Party as a reaction to Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

Nethken said he also is considering a run for president. He hopes to resolve questions about a possible candidacy in the next five to 10 days, he said.

Cumberland's mayor from 1978 to 1982, Nethken is retired from CSX and has sold real estate.

Two women in Allegany County, Md., have received peace orders that require Nethken to avoid contact with them.

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