After nearly a decade as clerk of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Republican Robert Duckworth announced yesterday the formation of an "exploratory committee" of party members for a bid for the 3rd District congressional seat.
The committee is being led by former Rep. Marjorie S. Holt, who represented Anne Arundel County. It also includes former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock, who represented Tennessee and sought election unsuccessfully in Maryland; state Sen. Janet Greenip of Crofton; Howard County Circuit Court Clerk Margaret D. Rappaport; and Del. William J. Frank of Baltimore County.
The 3rd District seat, occupied by eight-term Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, represents portions of Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City.
Duckworth said the Anne Arundel portion has the greatest number of voters, and noted that 55 percent of the district's gubernatorial vote in November went to Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
"I am optimistic that if the committee says go, I will be the next congressman," said Duckworth, who was first elected as clerk of the court in 1994.
Cardin won re-election last year with 66 percent of the vote.