On the Campaign Trail

January 08, 2012

A new Washington County candidate for Congress

Wednesday was lively in Maryland’s 6th District Congress race.

John Delaney officially became a Democratic candidate.

Republican State Sen. David R. Brinkley committed to running, then filed on Thursday.

Democrat Duchy Trachtenberg ended her campaign because of a recurrence of breast cancer.

Those developments overshadowed another one: a new candidate, Charles Bailey of Dargan, filing to run Wednesday as a Democrat.

Bailey is the second Washington County resident in the race, joining Republican Robert Coblentz, who lives near Williamsport.

Bailey plans to leave his job as an assistant public defender next month to focus on his campaign.

In an email, he wrote of a need for “an organized and overarching effort to stimulate the manufacturing base that once thrived here in the Sixth District,” such as modifying a former Mack Trucks factory “to produce windmills that provide inexpensive electricity.”

“In contrast to the incumbent,” Bailey wrote, “and in contrast to the over-comfortable Democratic candidates alternative to me, I intend to deliver an edgy, fighting spirit in support of workers and their families, to champion a return of the middle class in the Sixth District ...”

Mooney campaign adds coordinators, money

Alex X. Mooney isn’t an official 6th District candidate yet, but he has chosen campaign coordinators.

Del. Neil C. Parrott is Mooney’s Washington County coordinator and Del. Michael J. Hough is coordinating Frederick County. Both are in Washington County’s Annapolis delegation.

Other coordinators are Mac Raymond in Garrett County, Jason Buckel in Allegany County, and Sastry Dhara and Martha Schaerr in Montgomery County.

In addition, Mooney’s campaign announced Friday that he has raised $108,039 in the month since he formed his Congress exploratory committee.

In a press release, Mooney said: “I will have resources necessary to defeat tax and spend Democrat Rob Garagiola, who abused the legislative gerrymandering process in a (sic) offensive attempt to draw himself a Congressional District. I hope that the voters and national Republican leaders will see that I am the candidate best able to hold this seat for Republicans.”

Mooney doesn’t mention 10-term Republican incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett. Mooney has said he wouldn’t run against Bartlett, who insists he’s seeking an 11th term.

Mooney, like other candidates, has until Wednesday to file to run.


— Andrew Schotz

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