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Maryland candidate who made the opioid crisis top issue drops out of House race

Matt Mossburg, a former state lawmaker who made the opioid epidemic a centerpiece of his brief return to politics, announced Friday he is ending his campaign for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District seat.

A Frederick Republican, Mossburg had served in the House of Delegates from 1995 to 1999. A prescription for painkillers led to struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. His recovery was a central theme of his campaign.

Mossburg, 50, said he intends to be an advocate on the issue of addiction in Annapolis and said he was concerned the campaign would politicize that effort.

“Running for Congress was becoming a liability since I want to work with Republicans and Democrats,” he said in an interview. “I don’t want any partisanship to be involved with it.”

His departure leaves Amie Hoeber, the 2016 GOP nominee, as the only Republican actively raising money for a seat to be left open by incumbent Democratic Rep. John Delaney’s decision to run for president. The district includes portions of Montgomery and Frederick counties as well as Western Maryland.

At least six Democrats are vying for the district: Andrew Duck, the Democratic nominee in 2010; Del. Aruna Miller, Sen. Roger Manno, businessman David Trone, pediatrician Nadia Hashimi and aerospace executive Chris Hearsey.

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