Sen. Rob Garagiola to run for Md.'s redrawn 6th congressional district seat

Md. State Sen. Rob Garagiola. Photo:

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola is launching his congressional campaign with an appeal to the rural areas of the 6th District.

The Montgomery County Democrat spoke Tuesday at a Frederick bakery that is the first of four main stops on his first day of campaigning. The others are in Germantown, Cumberland and Hagerstown.

Garagiola says he wants voters in Republican-leaning rural areas to know about his record of support for education and health care.

He says the divided Congress has pushed the nation to the economic brink. Garagiola says Democrats aim to retake the House, curb partisan bickering and focus on job creation.

The race was made competitive by redistricting. The Democrats who control Maryland government redrew the 6th District map to include what they hope will be more Democratic and fewer Republican voters.

Garagiola is pushing an aggressive jobs agenda and promising to protect senior citizens living on Medicare and Social Security.

Garagiola is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to oppose 10-term Republican Roscoe Bartlett. The district was recently redrawn to bring in more Democrats.

Bartlett says he's up to the challenge. The 85-year-old conservative says he's got a history of winning in counties with Democratic majorities.