Frick raises $213k for 6th District race

Maryland House Majority Leader C. William "Bill" Frick raised just over $213,000 in the second quarter of this year in the uncertain race for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, a report made public Saturday shows.

Frick, a 42-year-old attorney from Bethesda, had $187,145 on hand at the end of June, according to the report. The numbers put him in a competitive position for the Democratic nomination, though his cash on hand is roughly half what competitor Del. Aruna Miller of Darnestown reported.

The 6th District, which runs from Montgomery County to Western Maryland, has put up some of the most closely watched House contests in Maryland recently -- and that trend appears likely to continue this year, but for an unusual reason. The early weeks of the race have been entirely overshadowed by the incumbent, Democratic Rep. John Delaney, and speculation about whether he will seek reelection.

Delaney, in his third term, is considering a run for governor next year and has said he intends to make an announcement on that race by the end of the month. The Potomac resident has also done little to shoot down rumors he is considering a run for president in 2020.

A handful of Democrats and at least one Republican have said they are considering a run for the seat if Delaney steps aside, but only Frick and Miller are raising serious money at this point. That early effort could prove important in a contest that would almost certainly become the state’s most expensive House contest if the seat is left open.

On the other hand, businessman David Trone – who has also expressed an interest in the seat – could pump millions of his own money into the contest, just as he did in the 8th Congressional District last year. Such an outcome would minimize an early financial advantage of a few hundred thousand dollars.

Frick’s report shows he using Baltimore-based fundraiser Colleen Martin-Lauer, one of the best known political operatives in the state.

The report also shows he received donations from Jeffrey Nussbaum, a former speechwriter for Vice President Joe Biden; Nathan Daschle, the son of former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle and well known political figure in his own right; Colm O' Comartun, who worked for former Gov. Martin O’Malley and previously ran the Democratic Governors Association; and a number of established attorneys based in Washington.

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.

Frick represents a legislative district that includes Bethesda and portions of Potomac. He was elevated to majority leader this year.

The 6th Congressional District 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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