A nurse practitioner from Montgomery County is the latest person to formally announce a run for the 6th District congressional seat in 2018.
Lisa Lloyd is running for the Republican nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-6th), who is leaving Congress at the end of this term to run for president.
Lloyd, 53, sent a press announcement of her candidacy last week. She filed in September with the Maryland State Board of Elections to be listed on the Republican primary ballot. Lloyd has not held any major fundraisers yet.
She joins a field of nine candidates who have announced 6th District campaigns. There are four Republicans: Lloyd, Amie Hoeber, Matt Mossburg and Bradley Rohrs. Five Democrats have announced candidacies: Andrew Duck, Nadia Hashimi, Roger Manno, Aruna Miller and David Trone.
Lloyd said she is uniquely qualified to speak about issues relating to health care.
“I have seen the increase in insurance. The availability and affordability of insurance policies has gone down. And, more importantly, accessibility to decent health care has gone down,” Lloyd said in a phone interview. “And being a health care professional, I feel like I’m in a really good position to ask the right questions.”
Through nursing, Lloyd said she has worked in large health care organizations as well as smaller private practices.
“I’ve talked to people of all different socioeconomic situations — rather than just being, you know, being in touch with one particular group of people. ... I’ve worked in large health care organizations, I’ve worked a lot with immigrants that speak no English and have no insurance. I’ve worked with elderly people who’ve been here forever and have no insurance,” she said.
Health care and protecting the state of Maryland from becoming a “sanctuary state” are two of her biggest concerns.
“I would love to see Maryland become a state that is comfortable to live in, that we can be free, we can be unencumbered by overreaching government. And I think Maryland’s going in the wrong direction,” Lloyd said. “It’s just ... with the government involved in health care and education and then bringing all kinds of people here ... who we did not vote to have, to take care of all of these people ... The citizens here are being forced to care for people in situations that we really did not have any choice to do.”
Lloyd said her concerns about immigration are not race-based, and while Maryland is not formally a so-called sanctuary state, she is concerned with the “rule of law” and stewardship of limited resources.
“I have seen the amount of resources that our state is putting into the immigrants. And I have seen a lot of resources going to those immigrants,” Lloyd said. “And I have not seen the people vote for that. ... We need to be good stewards of our resources. Part of being a good steward of a resource is knowing where your money and your human resources goes.”
Lloyd would support voter ID laws and greater enforcement of immigration law, in addition to protecting the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
She said “anti-Second Amendment citizens” seize “any time that there’s an opportunity to try to reduce our freedom and access to arms.”
“Any tragedy, the first thing they do is say ‘Take our guns away.’ And that’s just the argument after every shooting,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said this is her second political campaign. She ran for the Montgomery County school board in 2010 and lost an at-large bid in the general election.
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.