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Rep. Ruppersberger Retires, Olszweksi Announces Run for Congressional Seat

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, a Democrat in his second term, announced today that he is running for Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District seat, aiming to succeed U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who announced his retirement Friday.

Johnny Olszweski

If successful, Olszewski, known by his nickname “Johnny O”, will leave his position two years early. His campaign announced support from over 60 local and state officials. Olszewski served in the House of Delegates from 2006 to 2015, becoming county executive in 2018 after a narrow victory in the Democratic primary. The 2nd Congressional District encompasses most of Carroll County and a significant part of Baltimore County. The filing deadline is February 9, with the Primary Election on May 14.

Maryland’s House delegation will look different after this year’s election. In addition to the 2nd District opening, Rep. David Trone, a Democrat representing the 6th District, is running for the U.S. Senate following Sen. Ben Cardin’s retirement announcement. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat in the 3rd District since 2007, has also announced that he won’t seek reelection.

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