A Republican state senator and a Democrat entrepreneur will run for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s (R-Md.) 6th District U.S. House seat.
Sen. David Brinkley, of Fredrick County formally announced his intentions Wednesday. He is among several prominent party members who announced possible runs for the seat last month, when it appeared to some that Bartlett was considering retiring. Bartlett has since said emphatically that he is running for an 11th term.
Brinkley is a moderate who runs his own insurance and financial-planning business. He is in his third term in the state Senate after two terms in the House of Delegates.
John Delaney has filed to run as a Democrat. Delaney, a 48-year-old Potomac resident, said Wednesday after filing that he believes his work starting two businesses has given him ample experience to understand how to create jobs. He is the co-founder and chairman of CapitalSource Inc., a commercial lender. He also founded HealthCare Financial Partners, Inc., which provides financing to health care service companies. HealthCare Financial was founded in 1993 and sold to Heller Financial in 1999.
Delaney will contest state Sen. Rob Garagiola for the Democratic nomination.
Redistricting is believed to have made the 6th District more competitive for Democrats in 2012. Bartlett is in his 10th term representing Maryland's 6th district, which has historically included western Maryland. It was redrawn last year to include a large portion of Montgomery County.