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Congressional candidate out of jail

Richard Lank free to continue campaign after paying $2,100 in child support

Richard Lank free to continue campaign after paying $2,100 in child support

January 30, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

After spending a weekend in jail, Congress candidate Richard J. Lank is free and continuing his campaign.

On Friday, Lank turned himself in to Montgomery County, Md., authorities, who wanted him on a September 2007 warrant connected to child-support money he owed.

Capt. Chris Calantonio of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday that Lank paid $2,100 that he owed, enough to get him out of jail Monday.

Calantonio said Lank still owes about $35,000 in the case.

She said authorities tried to find Lank for several months. When someone noticed his picture with a Gazette newspaper story about his candidacy, the sheriff's office left several phone messages and Lank turned himself in, Calantonio said.

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"The minute I realized there was a serious problem, I jumped ...," Lank said in a phone interview Tuesday. "I have never dodged anybody."

Lank, 55, of Middletown, Md., is one of five Democrats seeking Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress.

Incumbent Roscoe Bartlett has four challengers on the Republican side.

The primary is Feb. 12.

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