- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2002

DUNDALK, Md. Baltimore County Executive C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger announced yesterday that he is running for Congress, pledging to use his 17 years in local government to help bring federal funds to Maryland's 2nd Congressional District.
"We ought to be able to see the tangible signs of good government in our own neighborhoods," Mr. Ruppersberger, a Democrat, told scores of supporters wearing green T-shirts that said "Go Dutch."
Mr. Ruppersberger addressed the crowd at Edgemere Elementary School, the first school built during his eight years as county executive. Mr. Ruppersberger, 56, touted his experience, saying he "pursued an ambitious agenda focused on basics: schools, public safety, job creation, wise land use including revitalization of older neighborhoods."
He received endorsements from U.S. Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski, as well as Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.
Miss Mikulski praised Mr. Ruppersberger for managing the county's $1.5 billion budget and securing a AAA bond rating. She described him as a product of local government who cares "less about what the polls say and more about what the people say."
"He's a real fighter, he's a real worker and he's a real person," she said.
Mr. Ruppersberger's announcement was short on national issues, though he pledged to fight for national security and help senior citizens get access to affordable prescription drugs.
The 2nd District stretches south from Harford to Anne Arundel counties but centers on Baltimore County. It is represented in Congress by Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is running for governor.
The seat is seen as a key battleground in the struggle for control of the House of Representatives, which Republicans hold by a narrow margin.

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