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Raskin says he'll run for Congress in 8th District

State Sen. Jamie Raskin of Montgomery County said Monday that he has decided to run for the Democratic nomination for the 8th District congressional seat next year.

Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat, said he will formally announce his race in April. He will try to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is running for the Senate seat now held by Barbara A. Mikulski, whose retirement set off a political free-for-all through much of the state.

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Already in the 8th District race is veteran Del. Kumar Barve of Montgomery County, a former House majority leader who now heads the House Environment & Transportation Committee.

Raskin, 52, is a leader of the Senate's liberal wing and works as a law professor at American University. He is in his third term in the state Senate. Like Barve and other prospective candidates in the General Assembly, he would not have to give up his seat to run.

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Raskin and Barve are just two of about a dozen elected officials who have said they are considering a race in the district, considered a Democratic stronghold. Although it takes in parts of Carroll and Frederick counties, the vast majority of its residents live in Montgomery.

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