MOUNT AIRY — Wendi Peters intends to run for delegate in District 4.
Peters, who served as a Mount Airy councilwoman from 2004 to 2012, announced her campaign Thursday night at the VFW hall on South Main Street.
The hall was filled with a crowd of supporters, including Republican Dan Bongino, who introduced Peters. The two were paired together earlier this year when there was talk of Bongino running for governor. Peters was on a short list of possible running mates. Since then, their plans for office have changed, but that did not stop Bongino from revving up the crowd Thursday night.
"We have to started electing people who are bedrocked in principles, not political garbage," Bongino said. "I hate politics, but I love fighting against the other side."
If elected, Peters said she plans to fight for the Constitution. Her declaration spurred applause from supporters, including Frederick Mayor Randy McClement and state Sen. David Brinkley, who said he skipped a parade in Thurmont so he could support Peters.
"She gives me honest feedback, and sometimes it's not always what I want to hear, but that is what we need, especially when we are dealing with certain issues in Annapolis," Brinkley said.
The issue of taxes is one Peters said she is ready to take on if elected in 2014.
"Maryland can be a place where families can afford to live and businesses can thrive," Peters said Thursday. "With your help, we can restore opportunity and economic vitality right here in Maryland."
Peters, who works as a paralegal, is a graduate of Villa Julie College and Loyola University Maryland and a fellow at the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance from the University of Maryland Institute for Governmental Service and Research.
Delegates Kathy Afzali, Michael Hough and Kelly Schulz also intend to run for delegate in 2014.
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