LaFerla to try again in First Congressional District

The Baltimore Sun

Chestertown physician John LaFerla, who waged a write-in campaign for the First Congressional District last fall after the withdrawal of Democratic primary winner Wendy Rosen, is planning another run for the seat.

LaFerla said he would file papers in Annapolis Wednesday for the 2014 Democratic primary in the First, now represented by second-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris.

LaFerla lost the 2012 primary to Rosen by 57 votes last April, but returned to the race in September after Rosen withdrew amid allegations she had violated election law by voting in two states at once.

The Baltimore County businesswoman allegedly voted in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2010. Both states held gubernatorial elections those years.

Rosen told The Baltimore Sun last year that she owned property in St. Petersburg, Fla., and registered to vote there to support a friend who was running for city council.

She subsequently pleaded guilty to voting illegally in Maryland in 2006 and 2010 and was sentenced to five years of probation, 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

With Rosen out, Democratic leaders endorsed LaFerla’s write-in campaign. But Rosen’s name remained on the balot, and she received more than 92,000 votes. LaFerla received fewer than 15,000.

Harris, meanwhile, coasted to reelection with more than 214,000 votes, or more than 63 percent of the electorate.

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