Arundel clerk running for Congress

October 22, 2003|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN STAFF

Republican Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Clerk Robert P. Duckworth launched his campaign for Congress yesterday, promising to advocate smaller government and lower taxes.

"I believe in limited government," said Duckworth, 63, running in the 3rd District represented by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a nine-term Democrat who is seeking re-election. "Our incumbent is part of the spend and spend and spend some more and taxation philosophy."

The district zigzags from Baltimore County, through Baltimore City and into Howard and Anne Arundel counties -- with more voters in the latter than any other jurisdiction.

"Anne Arundel County needs representation in Congress," said state Sen. Janet Greenip, introducing Duckworth at a State House event yesterday. "We don't have it now."

Duckworth also made stops in Arbutus and Elkridge.

Elected as clerk in 1994, Duckworth faces a primary challenge from Del. David G. Boschert of Anne Arundel.

Cardin spokeswoman Susan Sullam said the congressman has been active in Anne Arundel, and that charges of excessive spending are unfounded because the deficit-reduction group Concord Coalition named him to its "deficit-hawk honor roll" for two consecutive years.

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