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Dan Bongino stands outside his Severna Park home in April.
Dan Bongino stands outside his Severna Park home in April. (By Tim Prudente, Staff , Carroll County Times)

Severna Park Republican Dan Bongino will not run for governor in 2014. Instead, he'll pursue a seat in Congress.
The former Secret Service agent told a convention of Young Maryland Republicans in Rockville on Saturday he'll pursue the 6th District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Montgomery.
"After carefully considering a number of races in the 2014 cycle, I feel the best decision for my family, the party and my campaign organization is to pursue a seat in Congress, which will enable us to best represent the citizens of Maryland," Bongino said in a statement Saturday.
Bongino said in April he was considering a run for governor after a bogus press release was emailed to reporters announcing he would run with activist and frequent candidate Alan Keyes as his running mate.
He announced his decision not to run for governor at an event attended by several other potential Republican gubernatorial candidates.
Speakers at the event included Harford County Executive David R. Craig, who is expected to announce his run for governor on Monday.
Other speakers included Blaine R. Young, president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, and Charles Lollar, a businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District seat in 2010.
Del. Ron George, R-Arnold, plans to announce his gubernatorial bid at a reception in Annapolis on Wednesday.
Bongino, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2012 against Democratic incumbent Ben Cardin, is expected to formally announce his bid for the House seat later this month.
The 6th District includes all of Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties as well as parts of Montgomery and Frederick counties. Federal candidates are not required to live in the district they represent.
Delaney won the seat from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Frederick, last year.
Bartlett had held the seat for 20 years.
The 86-year-old was defeated after his district was redrawn to add more Democrats.

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