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Ben Cardin is vacating his seat in MD-03 at the end of his term as he is focussed on winning Paul Sarbanes' seat in the US Senate.  Ironically, Paul's son, John Sarbanes is vying for Ben's seat in the Congress.

This past quarter's numbers are in and here where the major candidates stand in their fundraising:

John P. Sarbanes, $303,050 this quarter and has $585,465 on hand.

Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, $193,000 this quarter, with $271,000 on hand.

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson $136,690 this quarter, with $291,538 on hand.

Oz Bengur $132,132 this quarter and has $121,259 on hand.

Kevin O'Keeffe, $49,115 this quarter with $166,393 on hand.

On the Republican side, Gary Applebaum $123,825, with $243,842 on hand.

Several Democracy for Howard County and Democracy for Baltimore members have endorsed Peter Beilensen, the former Baltimore Health Commissioner, however, the groups have not announced their endorsements yet. Beilensen, a doctor, has indicated healthcare is his top priority.

Those of you who have been following the Diebold debacle in Maryland are familiar with Paula Hollinger, who was for getting rid of the Diebold TS machines, until she was against it and allowed her bill in the Senate to die. Hollinger did an about face and became strongly against Opti-Scan, the only viable option for the 2006 elections at that time.  On Hollinger's website, she highlights that she is a nurse, listing healthcare, the environment and education as her top issues. Also, she was a key member in the State Senate, who has vacated her seat in D11, which lies north and west of Baltimore City.

Oz Bengur, a businessman, has made the Iraq War his top issue and has a plan for withdrawal listed prominently on his website.

I will note that I do not live in MD-03, nor do I have a favorite.  I'm curious to see if voters there will go with the familiar name or seek someone new.

UPDATE: I just realized who was not listed in the story in the Sun: Fighting Dem Mishonda Baldwin. I'm not sure how her fundraising numbers were, but she's someone to keep in mind as well.

Originally posted to Sharon in MD on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 04:44 AM PDT.

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  •  If Sarbanes Jr. votes like his father (1+ / 0-)
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    metal prophet

    Then he'd probably the the best candidate.

    According to Progressive Punch, Sarbanes has the best voting record.
    http://www.progressivepunch.org/...

  •  I'm next door (2+ / 0-)
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    joejoejoe, Sharon in MD

    Bengur's office in Fell's Point is a block away from our favorite restaurant, as is Sarbanes'.  But Bengur's was open one warm spring night and Sarbanes wasn't, so we stopped by.

    Nice man.  He's a Deaniac, and his staff is enthusiastic enough to man the office on a Friday date night.  He'd be good.

    Not to say anything negative about the other candidates - it's not my district so I haven't investigated them.  Still, that's what I know.

  •  I voted for Beilenson... (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD
    ...mainly just to get the voting started.  Healthcare certainly needs tackling.

    I don't live in the 3rd, either.  I live in the sixth, where I can only dream of having a Democratic representative.  

    •  Andrew Duck (0+ / 0-)

      If you live in the 6th, you can vote (and work) for Andrew Duck.  Go to his web site

      duckforcongress.org.

      Andrew is one of the "Fighting Dems," a veteran of 20 years, including one tour in Bosnia and one in Iraq, and he's only 39!!!  

      He has a great story, a compelling speaking style, and is fantastic on the range of issues the Democrats should be putting before the voters.  I keep hoping that Kos will add him to the list of recommended candidates.

      The lazy MD Dems have never invested the money or a good candidate in this district, so Bartlett, a Neanderthal Republican, has coasted.  However, Andrew is really fighting a good fight to take this district.

      Go, volunteer, enlist your friends.  We can do this!!

      And hey, Kossacks, go to Andrew's site and show him some $$$$$ love.

  •  I live in the 3rd (0+ / 0-)

    and I'm voting for Bielenson. Healthcare is a big issue and I tend to vote for people from Baltimore because I think they'll fight for B-more.

    Also, his office is directly behind my house.

    With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

    by f furney on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 05:07:16 AM PDT

  •  Who could win against the Republican candidate? (0+ / 0-)

    Stop Corporate Influence; buy DEMOCRACY BONDS!!! http://www.democrats.org/democracybonds.html

    by timber on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 05:23:58 AM PDT

    •  All of them (0+ / 0-)

      It's a strongly Dem district.  It's not even on the radar of defense.  Whoever wins the primary will be the next Representative.

      •  I will go w/ the DFA endorsed candidate then (0+ / 0-)

        Stop Corporate Influence; buy DEMOCRACY BONDS!!! http://www.democrats.org/democracybonds.html

        by timber on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 05:56:27 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  It's not all that strongly Dem (0+ / 0-)

        Its Cook Partisan Voting Index (based upon how much more strongly Republican or Democratic a district voted than the nation as a whole in the most recent 2 Presidential elections) is Democratic +7.  That's actually the least strongly Democratic of any of the 6 districts in Maryland currently represented by Democrats, and the most competititive Congressional district in Maryland.  The Maryland districts are as follows:

        MD-01: R +10

        MD-02: D +8
        MD-03: D +7

        MD-04: D +30

        MD-05: D +9

        MD-06: R +13 MD-07: D +25 MD-08: D +20
  •  I don't live in the third, (0+ / 0-)

    but I think that it's great that there are at least three good (progressive?) candidates in one district. I just wish we could spread the wealth around.

    You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

    by yellowdog on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 05:29:36 AM PDT

  •  I like pete right now (0+ / 0-)

    He is the old and familar one.  I do live in the 3rd.

    Kevin O'Keeffe appears to be too far to the right for my tastes and he has conviently forgotten that half the district is in Baltimore.

    Ms. Hollinger's writings, while entertaining in their own way, show a lack of comprehension about issues and english.  I think I saw her speaking once and she made no sense then either.

    Won't do Sarbanes unless he is the last man standing outta the primary - we already have too much inbreeding in maryland politics and I don't believe in inherited elected officials.

    Oz Bengur and Mishonda Baldwin I have never met but would look forward to hearing them speak.

    Would take any dem over Gary Applebaum.  Night of the living dead or herman munster?  Can't decide.

  •  I'd favor either Sarbanes or Baldwin (0+ / 0-)

    They both seem to have good ideas and fit the district well.

  •  MD-03 Profile (0+ / 0-)

    Cook Partisan Voting Index: D + 7

    2004 Presidential Vote


    Kerry (D)163,088(54%)
    Bush (R)136,672(45%)
    Other3,873(1%)

    2000 Presidential Vote


    Gore (D)143,685(55%)
    Bush (R)107,481(41%)
    Other8,456(3%)

    2004 House Vote


    Cardin (D)182,066(63%)
    Duckworth (R)97,008(34%)
    Other8,145(3%)

    2000 House Vote

    Cardin (D)182,066(66%)
    Conwell (R)75,721 (34%)

    "Red Sox, you're an airhead" -- Ptah the Great

    by Red Sox on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 06:36:27 AM PDT

  •  Mishonda Baldwin is a non-factor at this point (0+ / 0-)

    According to the FEC reports, she has only raised $19,146, which is far from enough to run any kind of a credible campaign.  She might be a wonderful person, and might make a great Congressman, but the reality is that it takes a lot more money than that.

    I don't live in the 3rd district (I'm in the 7th, represented by Elijah Cummings), but I've heard Beilenson on the radio several times, including several years ago when he was Baltimore City Health Commissioner.  During the anthrax scare, he did a superb job of putting the really tiny risk to the general public in context, comparing it to such things as the odds of dying of flu during even a mild flu year, the risk of getting killed in a car accident, etc., all of which involved far greater risks of death.  I think his common sense would be a very useful antidote the next time the Bush administration tries to terrify people in order to convince them to give up some more civil liberties.

    There are a handful of other physicians in Congress, but so far as I know, he would be the only one who has specialized in public health.

  •  and another . . . (0+ / 0-)

    Andy Barth is still in the race, and while his bank account sits at around $25K, he still gets mentioned along with the other six.

  •  Hollinger Corruption? (0+ / 0-)

    According to the Baltimore Sun, a Hollinger campaign aide was caught on tape offering an illicit payback deal. It certainly sounds like a money laundering scheme to me.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/...

  •  OZ! (0+ / 0-)

    I love how Oz is leading in this poll. Oz Bengur is a great candidate and the only one that truly represents our views on virtually every issue.
    I have recently seen alot more Bengur signs up in this district, of which I am a part of. Check out his website: OzBengur.com

  •  Oz TV on Iraq (0+ / 0-)

    Just saw Oz Bengur's TV commercial on getting out of Iraq.  He has a son who served there in the Marines and the TV spot is very powerful. I had no idea who was running here, but this guy Oz just got my vote.

  •  Oz is the only one with chutzpah! (0+ / 0-)

    I too have seen Oz's television commercial, and am so happy that SOMEONE finally has the balls to talk about the ONE ISSUE that matters to voters:  GETTING OUT OF IRAQ.  No onther candidate in the state, let alone the 3rd District race is talking about this bogus war.  Thank goodness for Oz.  He most certainly has my vote as well.

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