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Miller raises $350K for potential House contest

A state lawmaker running for Maryland's potentially competitive 6th Congressional District expects to report a healthy first fundraising quarter, despite uncertainty about whether the incumbent -- Rep. John Delaney -- will seek reelection.

Del. Aruna Miller, a civil engineer from Darnestown elected to the General Assembly in 2010, will report raising more than $350,000 in the second quarter of the year, according to her campaign. Miller is expected to report having about $342,000 of that money in the bank at the end of June.

An aide said the money was raised entirely from donors and that none came from Miller’s pocket.

Several Democrats and a few Republicans are eyeing the seat amid uncertainty about Delaney’s intentions -- an ambiguity that is expected to complicate fundraising for everyone else. Delaney has expressed an interest in running for governor and has been the subject of persistent rumors that he is considering a campaign for president.

The three-term lawmaker and former banker, who has been able to mostly self-fund his reelection efforts, has said he will make a decision about the governor’s race by the end of the month. He previously said he would make that announcement by the end of June.

Delaney has said he doesn’t mind other Democrats raising money for his seat while he contemplates his future.

Miller said in a statement that she intends to run “an exciting, issue-oriented campaign throughout the 6th Congressional District.”

Other Democrats who have expressed an interest in the race include Maryland House Majority Leader C. William "Bill" Frick, Democratic state Sen. Roger Manno, businessman David Trone, Del. Kirill Reznik, Del. Andrew Platt and Andrew Duck, the Democratic nominee for the district in 2006 and 2010.

Of those other potential Democratic candidates, only Frick and Duck have sent in paperwork to the Federal Election Commission to begin the process of reporting their quarterly fundraising. They are not required to report their fundraising totals until Saturday.

Delaney's Republican opponent last year, national security consultant Amie Hoeber, told The Sun in May that she is also considering another run for the seat.

Miller represents a legislative district that includes Potomac, Germantown, and Clarksburg.

The 6th Congressional District includes portions of Montgomery and Frederick counties as well as Western Maryland. It was the state’s most competitive congressional district in the 2014 election -- a midterm election year -- but Delaney won the general election in last year’s presidential election with a 16-point margin.

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