He faces tough competition from Del. Kathy Szeliga, who represents Baltimore and Harford counties and serves as minority whip, and Richard Douglas, an Iraq veteran and attorney who has experience both in the George W. Bush administration and on Capitol Hill. Ms. Szeliga is an appealing politician who is well liked on both sides of the aisle in Annapolis, and her experience as a small business owner gives her an important perspective. Mr. Douglas has a particularly strong base of knowledge on foreign policy issues, and he is the only candidate in the Republican primary to have run for state-wide office before. He ran a close second to Dan Bongino in the 2012 Senate primary, garnering nearly 60,000 votes.