Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, a possible candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from the 3rd District, said yesterday that she will begin "the first step" of raising money for a federal campaign.
Owens, 61, said she is in the process of forming an exploratory committee but that no announcement on her candidacy was pending. She plans to raise federal money through the 90-day General Assembly session before determining whether she will run for state or federal office.
"I'm not going away," said Owens, who is prevented by law from seeking a third term as executive.
Seven Democrats have announced their candidacy for the vacancy being left by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is running for Senate: state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger of Baltimore County; former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson; former WMAR-TV news reporter Andy Barth; businessman Oz Bengur; Kevin O'Keeffe, a former aide to Owens; attorney and retired Army officer Mishonda M. Baldwin; and attorney John P. Sarbanes. No Republican has announced a candidacy.
Owens reported yesterday that she raised $151,000 in state money in 2005, with $235,000 in hand. She briefly considered a U.S. Senate bid, and has expressed her interest in running for comptroller but only if incumbent William Donald Schaefer decides against a third term.
Maryland's 3rd District includes portions of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, with more residents in Anne Arundel than in any other jurisdiction.