WASHINGTON -- A Republican state lawmaker and Marine veteran announced Tuesday he will run against Rep. John Delaney in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.
David E. Vogt III of Brunswick briefly sought the GOP nomination for the seat in the 2014 cycle before deciding instead to run a successful campaign for a seat in the House of Delegates.
"Today, I am announcing my campaign for Congress because I believe it is time for a fresh voice to represent Maryland's 6th Congressional District," Vogt, who is 30, wrote to supporters in an email on Tuesday.
The 6th District will be an uphill fight for a Republican, despite GOP nominee Dan 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.
There's little risk for Vogt in tossing his name in for the race: He can retain his seat in the legislature even if he loses for Congress.
Vogt served in the Marines for eight years on active duty, from 2004 until 2012, including a tour in Afghanistan.