David Anderson to enter 8th District race

WASHINGTON -- David M. Anderson, a senior vice president at the Washington Center and an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, said he will enter the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

Anderson will formally announce his candidacy in the next few weeks, he said, joining a crowded field of Democrats hoping to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is running for Senate. The district is based in Montgomery County but includes portions of Frederick and Carroll counties.

"I am fed up with the dysfunction in Washington and believe that part of the solution will involve innovative policies," said Anderson, a Potomac resident who described himself as a center-left progressive. "I will bring fresh ideas and a unique background to the campaign."

News of Anderson's interest in the contest was first reported by the political blog Maryland Scramble.

Anderson, 56, is an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and he is the senior vice president of state relations at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a nonprofit college internship program that has served over 50,000 students since 1975.

He penned an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun last month arguing that the presidential candidates are not adequately addressing the challenge of work-family balance. In the piece, he said he supports the concept of paid leave for child care -- an idea embraced by many Democrats -- but also believes a tax credit for stay-at-home parents would help other families, and might win support from some Republicans.

Under Anderson's plan, families could choose between federally subsidized child care and a tax credit if a parent decided to stay home to raise the child once the paid leave period was over.

Anderson is attempting to break into a crowded field of candidates, most of whom have a head start. Former WJLA anchor Kathleen Matthews, state Sen. Jamie Raskin and Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, former Montgomery County Council president Valerie Ervin and former Obama administration aide Will Jawando are all running for the seat.

Though he lives just outside the district, Anderson offered a litany of connections to the 8th District -- noting, for instance, that he voted for Van Hollen five times before being drawn out in the 2011 redistricting -- and said he would move into the 8th if elected.

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