- The Washington Times - Friday, October 28, 2011

Maryland Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola will formally kick off his campaign for Congress on Tuesday, embarking on a four-stop tour across the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District.

Mr. Garagiola, Montgomery Democrat, announced Thursday that he will make stops in Frederick, Germantown, Cumberland and Hagerstown to rally support for his run against Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

It has been widely expected for months that the 39-year-old senator, who this month registered a campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission, will challenge Mr. Bartlett — an 85-year-old, 10-term incumbent.

Mr. Garagiola is expected to benefit from a new legislative map approved this month by the General Assembly, which added his Germantown home and the western half of liberal-leaning Montgomery County to Mr. Bartlett’s western district. The map also removed largely conservative portions of Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Harford counties from the district.

The senator is scheduled to visit a Frederick bakery Tuesday morning before heading to Germantown to deliver a “formal announcement speech” at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. He will then make an afternoon trip to Cumberland before attending the Washington County Democratic Party Dinner in Hagerstown.

Mr. Garagiola is one of several Democrats considering a run for the seat, including former Montgomery County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, who announced last week that she will run.

Mr. Bartlett has said he intends to seek re-election next year, but several Western Maryland Republicans — including Washington County’s Sen. Christopher B. Shank — have said they are considering runs should the congressman choose to retire.

• David Hill can be reached at dhill@washingtontimes.com.

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