Republican Frank Howard to run in 6th District

A Laytonsville man who worked for Dan Bongino's congressional campaign in 2014 has filed to run against Democratic Rep. John Delaney in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

Frank Howard, 54, served as campaign chairman to Republican Dan Bongino, who challenged Delaney in 2014. Howard also ran an unsuccessful campaign for state Senate that year, despite picking up several notable endorsements.

"People feel the need for positive change in Annapolis and Washington," Howard said in a statement. "I'm an independent-minded outsider who wants to represent them."

Howard, a co-owner of the Utah-based business development consulting firm Shipley Associates, served in the Air Force for four years. He will face a Republican state lawmaker and Marine veteran, David E. Vogt III, in the primary.

Howard lives in the 8th Congressional District, which is represented by Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Delaney also lives in the 8th District. Bongino also did not live in the district.

The 6th District will be an uphill fight for a Republican, despite Bongino's better than expected showing last year. That's in part because turnout in Democrat-heavy Montgomery County is likely to be higher during a presidential year.

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