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O'Donnell Makes Run Vs. Hoyer Official

Republican House of Delegates leader files for candidacy

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O'Donnell Makes Run Vs. Hoyer Official

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Tony O'Donnell, Republican Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, officially filed his candidacy for Maryland's fifth Congressional District in Annapolis Tuesday.

O'Donnell represents District 29C in the House of Delegates, which includes parts of Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. He will face House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer in the general congressional election in November.

O'Donnell declared his candidacy in a video statement to supporters on December 14. Upon filing, O'Donnell released a statement saying, in part: “This is pretty simple. If you want to change the way Congress works, you have to change the people in Congress.

“Before there was the Internet, before Joe Gibbs ever coached a Redskins game, and before Parris Glendening was Prince George’s County Executive, there was Congressman Steny Hoyer. Thirty-one years later, we are losing our jobs, losing our purchasing power and losing our home values. It’s time we lose our Congressman.”

Hoyer was elected to Congress in May 1981 in a special election to replace Gladys Spellman. He has won every election since then, never receiving fewer than 55 percent of the votes cast.

O'Donnell was elected to the House of Delegates in 1994, and has won reelection four times.

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