Republican Amie Hoeber kicked off her 2018 campaign for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday surrounded by enthusiastic supporters at the Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac.
Hoeber pledged to use her victory to work across the aisle to make Congress more productive and to help Republican Gov. Larry Hogan bring federal funding to the 6th District to tackle her priorities – transportation projects, creating and protecting jobs, stopping MS-13 gang crime from spreading and opioid addiction.
“Many people think the district is so diverse that it can’t be brought together,” Hoeber said. “Well I have spent the last two-and-a-half years working to learn the district and what does bring us together. These problems can only be solved by working together. I am willing and able to work across all lines to get things done.”
Democrat incumbent Rep. John Delaney is vacating his seat to run for president in 2020. So far, the open seat has attracted 12 candidates.
Hoeber will compete against three Republicans, Lisa Lloyd, Matt Mossburg and Bradley St. Rohrs. Democratic candidates include State Sen. Roger Manno, Del. Aruna Miller, Andrew Duck, Nadia Hashimi and businessman David Trone. Green Party candidate George Gluck, unaffiliated (Independent) candidate Ted Athey and Libertarian Kevin Caldwell will advance to the general election.
Hoeber ran against Delaney in 2016, losing 56 percent to 40 percent, according to the State Board of Elections. Delaney first won the seat in 2012 after Democrats redistricted the district, which turned a safe Republican seat that Rep. Roscoe Bartlett held for 20 years to a seat that tilts blue. Delaney narrowly beat Republican Dan Bongino in 2014, 50 percent to 48 percent, by a mere 2,774 votes in a district of approximately 760,000.
The gerrymandered district stretches across five Maryland counties, from the Washington, D.C. suburbs in Montgomery all the way to western Maryland where Garrett County borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Hoeber, a defense consultant and former Army undersecretary during the Reagan administration, said she’s not afraid to take on “big pharma” in her pursuit to tackle the opioid epidemic, nor is she worried about taking on the FCC to help bring more broadband connection to the western portion of the district.
“We need to tackle big pharma, the doctors who prescribe and we need to talk about the pill mills,” Hoeber said.
“Amie’s not going to look at an issue as Democrat or Republican,” said senior campaign adviser Paul Ellington. “She’s going to look at what’s best for her district. She’s an independent voice.”
Ellington said Hoeber plans to hold the “pharma” industry accountable much like the tobacco industry.
“They have a role to clean up the mess they created,” Ellington said.
Hoeber said over the last two-and-a-half years, she’s driven “every” road in the district that people say need improvement, she’s done ride-alongs with police “to learn how the world looks from their point of view,” and she’s walked the streets and has talked to business owners and the homeless.
“All of us have challenges,” Hoeber said. “We need to bring the experience of what it takes to overcome them to help others. I’ve been a single mom. I know what it’s like not to have enough money. I have a nephew who is not totally able to take care of himself. I’ve lost a son. I understand that pain. I had a family member who became addicted to drugs. I helped get him to rehab.”
“You deserve a member of Congress that wakes up every morning and says what can I do for my district?”