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Frick opts out of House contest, launches campaign for Montgomery County executive

Maryland House Majority Leader C. William "Bill" Frick abruptly abandoned plans Wednesday to run in the state’s 6th Congressional District, opting to launch a campaign for Montgomery County executive instead.

Frick, a 42-year-old attorney from Bethesda, was among several potential candidates raising money to succeed Rep. John Delaney, the Democratic incumbent in the 6th District who embarked on a campaign for president this year.

In a statement Wednesday announcing his run for the top county job, Frick said he has heard “time and again people express their concerns about the challenges facing our county that threaten the quality of life we all love here.”

Term limits approved by Montgomery County voters last year mean the county’s current leader, Democrat Isiah “Ike” Leggett, would have been barred from seeking a fourth term (he had announced his retirement before voters approved the charter amendment).

Frick raised just over $213,000 for the 6th District contest in the second quarter of this year. While that is a substantial sum, Democratic businessman David Trone has the means to spend millions of dollars of his own money on the race — just as he did during his campaign for the 8th Congressional District last year.

Trone briefly considered running for Montgomery County executive before announcing his campaign for the 6th District in early August.

Frick, an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, represents a legislative district that includes Bethesda and portions of Potomac. He was elevated to majority leader in Annapolis this year.

Three Democrats on the Montgomery County Council are also seeking the party's nomination to succeed Leggett, along with perennial Republican candidate Robin Ficker. The primary is set for June 26.

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