As the deadline to enter the U.S. Congressional primary approaches, 10 people have filed for candidacy, according to Maryland State Board of Elections records accessed online late Monday.
In order to appear in the the April 13 primary election, would-be candidates must file by 9 p.m. Wednesday. Friday is the deadline to drop out of the race.
Democrats and Republicans have been eager to claim 6th Congressional District, whose new turf folds in a larger portion of Montgomery County with Western Maryland.
Among Democratic candidates,Washington County, Md., attorney Charles Bailey and Montgomery County business executive John Delaney — former Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan was an early Delaney supporter — are the most recent filers, according to state election board records.
Meanwhile Amy Pooran the wife of Democratic candidate Milad Pooran, a doctor from Frederick County, Md., has been posting updates on Dr. Pooran’s efforts abroad at Daily Kos.
Dr. Pooran is a critical care doctor and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard. He was deployed to Germany to care for wounded soldiers, causing him to put his campaign on pause, Patch has reported.
The field of candidates seems to be growing on the Republican side, though there’s one name that’s not on the list: Maryland GOP Chairman Alex X. Mooney, who as of Monday evening, had not officially filed with the election board despite his recent moves that suggest he has plans to do so.
Last week, Mooney announced leaders for his exploratory committee, a crew that includes Del. Neil Parrott, the Hagerstown, Md., lawmaker and a leading opponent of the Maryland DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act would permit recent high school graduates who are in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition under certain conditions. Parrott helped force the newly passed law onto the 2012 ballot by rounding up more than 100,000 signatures in a petition, Patch has reported.
Mooney, a former state senator, had served as staff assistant to the man who currently holds the District 6 seat — U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, who is also running for re-election.
State Sen. David Brinkley was the most recent among Republicans to file for candidacy. Brinkley announced his candidacy Wednesday in Frederick, Md.