A familiar face is back in the race to represent Maryland’s 6th District in Congress.

Amie Hoeber, of Potomac, formally announced her campaign for the Republican nomination on Tuesday.

Hoeber challenged incumbent Rep. John Delaney (D) for the seat in 2016, garnering 40 percent of the general election vote as a first-time candidate.

On Tuesday, Hoeber said she’s been working for months to prepare for 2018.

“I honestly think I never stopped running,” Hoeber said. “Even after the end of the election cycle last time, I’ve still been out in the district. I’ve still met people. I’ve still tried to help people. ... I never really left.”

Hoeber said her campaign platform will focus on creating and retaining jobs in the 6th District, running effective schools, fighting crime and gangs, and improving transportation.

But Hoeber said the most serious issue facing the district is heroin and opioid addiction.

In addition to supporting treatment programs and state-level efforts, Hoeber said Congress also needs to tackle the epidemic “at the source.”

“We need to tackle it with big pharma. We need to tackle it with the doctors who overprescribe because it’s easy. ... Altogether we need to tackle it from a number of angles,” Hoeber said. 

Invoking the work of her husband, Mark Epstein, a senior executive at Qualcomm, Hoeber also said expanding broadband internet access in the state is a priority.

During the 2016 race, Epstein was the primary donor to the Maryland USA Super PAC, which spent more than $3.1 million to support Hoeber’s candidacy. Delaney filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging illegal coordination by Hoeber’s campaign, Epstein, and the PAC. The FEC has not issued an opinion in the case.

Hoeber was introduced at Tuesday's campaign kickoff event by Delegate David E. Vogt III, R-District 4. Vogt also sought the Republican nomination in the 2016 congressional race, but has since developed a strong friendship with Hoeber.

Vogt said the 6th District race and the 2018 governor’s race are critically important to the district, which he said is gerrymandered to benefit Democrats.

If Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is re-elected, he will preside over the decennial re-drawing of congressional district maps based on new census figures.

“This election cycle is when we take [the 6th] back. And we do it by winning those two races together,” Vogt said. “Because with those, we allow the governor to redraw these lines. So once Amie takes it back this cycle, we never give it up again.”

With Delaney announcing his candidacy for president in July, the 2018 race is wide open, with a raft of Republicans and Democrats eyeing the seat.

Earlier this year, the National Republican Congressional Committee named Delaney’s seat as one of 32 across the country the party is trying to flip from Democrats. Hoeber’s 2016 campaign was backed by the committee.

Three other Republican candidates have registered with the Maryland State Board of Elections: former state Delegate Matt Mossburg, who lives in Frederick; Potomac resident Lisa Lloyd; and Bradley Bohrs, who lists a Germantown address for his campaign on the state website.

Five Democrats have filed campaign committees with the Federal Election Commission: Andrew Duck, Dr. Nadia Hashimi, State Sen. Roger Manno, Delegate Aruna Miller and David Trone.

Hoeber, Trone and Manno live outside of the 6th District, in the neighboring 8th. Under the U.S. Constitution, members of Congress must live in the state they represent, but not in the district.

The 2018 primary election is on June 26, 2018, and the general election is on Nov. 6, 2018.

The 6th District stretches from Montgomery County to the state’s western panhandle and includes the city of Frederick. 

Members of Congress serve two-year terms and are paid $174,000 a year.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines​.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

(8) comments

stjohn42

The last thing the county or the country needs is another Republican who knows how to object to anything but can accomplish nothing. The GOP is just a conveyor belt of graft and tax breaks for its wealthy donors.

Joeseamhead

I have no use for adding to the GOP House or Senate for as long as Trump is the president. His policies are no friend to this district, be it the Chesapeake Bay, Ft Detrick, or our air quality. I don't want another rubber stamp for his policies.

elymus43

Hope she wins in the election. She would be good for this district.

DickD

All candidates, Republican and Democrat should also make it a campaign issue to increase the car insurance requirements. Currently, the minimums are $15,000 for property damage and $30,000 for bodily injury - this is ridiculous! What happens when someone with the minimum hits someone else is the owner of the vehicle hitting another vehicle needs uninsured and underinsured insurance to pick up the amounts that the negligent driver is not covered for. It is even worse for anyone that does not take out tpoihe uninsured and under insured insurance. This means the insurance of those that are hit picks up the difference, raising the cost of insurance for all of us.
(Property damage includes the costs of a rental car, towing and diminished value of the car hit - as it cannot be certified by a dealership.)

How many new cars can you buy for $15,000? How many are injured with the costs of doctors and hospitals being below $30,000. And it can be much worse if multiple people are injured or killed.

Anyone insured by Maryland Auto Insurance Fund (MAIR) should automatically lisle their license, after the third accident in five years time. And MAIF needs more oversight, especially with the agreements they ask people to sign.

des21

Is there a statute of limitations on how many times a person can run for elected office? (I jest, there's not- clearly.)

DickD

Dave, why would you want one? Amy received the most Republican votes in the primary, last time. So, she was clearly the parties choice.

des21

She seems to have run several times and never won. I get the idea- she a sacrificial lamb- but I always think trying someone new might be a good idea rather than re-run someone who has lost- i think repeatedly.

DickD

While I agree, what makes you think a different person would be better? If she gets the most votes, in the primary, she is clearly the Republican choice. Of course, if you are willing to have a more liberal candidate, for the general election, you could be right.

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