January 12, 2012

April 3 lineup for congressional primary includes Del. Rick Impallaria; Ivey bows out

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The lineup is complete for the April 3 primary to choose party nominees for Congress.

Del. Rick Impallaria

Del. Rick Impallaria

Several candidates filed before the Wednesday 9 p.m. deadline, among them Harford County Del. Rick Impallaria. He will compete with Harford County Republican Sen. Nancy Jacobs for the chance to unseat Democratic Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, who faces no primary opponent.

Impallaria is the sixth member of the General Assembly to run for Congress this year.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards dodged a tough primary when former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey decided not to file, after announcing last fall he would challenge her.

Ivey told Capital News Service he was quitting the race because he was unable to raise enough money to get his message out, particularly since the primary during a presidential election year is pushed up to April.

“Since this was going to be a short timeline,” Ivey said, “you couldn’t do your typical canvassing.” Plus, he said, “A lot of my previous donors in Prince George’s County have been hammered by the real estate collapse.”

Here is the full list of candidates.

Former GOP U.S. Senate nominee Eric Wargotz has decided for the second time in the last two months that he will not seek to run against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

“With the Obama re-election, we feel for myself that it is not the best time to run for statewide office,” Wargotz said. “We certainly wish the best of luck to Richard Douglas, Robert Broadus and Dan Bongino,” all whom he said he considers to be credible candidates.

Wargotz will continue to practice medicine.

—Len Lazarick
Len@MarylandReporter.com
Glynis Kazanjian contributed to this report.