Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, a former state lawmaker who was elected to his current post last year, is considering a run for the GOP nomination for Senate.
Glassman, a Havre de Grace native, joins a growing field of Republicans looking at the contest -- and hoping that Gov. Larry Hogan's upset win last year could give the GOP a lift toward a second statewide office.
If he enters the race -- a decision Glassman said he won't make until mid-January -- he would face Del. Kathy Szeliga, the House minority whip who started her campaign Tuesday. Former Pentagon official Richard Douglas and Navy veteran Anthony Seda are also running.
Former gubernatorial aide Chrys Kefalas is considering a run.
"There's a lot of pent up frustration," Glassman, 53, said Wednesday between Veterans Day events. "Congress has been so dysfunctional."
Glassman's consideration was first reported by Maryland Reporter.
A poll conducted for Glassman's state campaign committee by Arnold-based Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies showed him leading the rest of the Republican field. None of the candidates have high statewide name recognition.
The primary is set for April 26.
Glassman acknowledged the challenge any Republican will face in Maryland, where higher turnout in a presidential election year could benefit Democrats who stayed home for last year's election.