Ex-Frederick mayor to challenge Bartlett

November 27, 2007

Former Frederick Mayor Jennifer P. Dougherty has filed to run for the congressional seat held by Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, adding a well-known name to the effort to unseat the eight-term Republican.

Dougherty, a restaurant owner and political novice before winning the Frederick mayoral race in 2001, bickered with the Republican-controlled City Council over development issues and a monument of the Ten Commandments. She lost in the Democratic primary in her 2005 re-election bid.

She said the Iraq war is one of her chief concerns - she supports a pullout of troops next year, starting with National Guard and Reserve units - and that she would like to focus on transportation and health care.

"I tell people what I think, and certainly that's in short order in Washington," Dougherty said.

Three other Democrats are vying to challenge the incumbent, who must survive a primary against three Republicans. An independent also is in the race.

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