Twenty-two candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District

Twenty-two candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. Four lead in polling and media attention: Juan Dominguez, Harry Dunn, Sarah Elfreth, and Mike Rogers.

Incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes (D) is not running for re-election, and independent election observers say the district is solidly Democratic.

Juan Dominguez says his experience in the military, private sector, and public service make him a unique candidate. He supports increasing taxes on high-income earners to pay for social services, raising the minimum wage, expanding healthcare access, and implementing 12-year term limits for members of Congress.

Harry Dunn says his experience as a capitol police officer during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, caused him to run for Congress. Dunn says he would support the Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to expand voting access and protections to eligible voters, overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC by constitutional amendment, and ban members of Congress from trading individual stocks.

Sarah Elfreth says she would focus on economic issues affecting families, including lowering child care and prescription drug costs. Elfreth supports expanding abortion access, increasing access to prenatal healthcare, and cleaning the Chesapeake Bay. Elfreth received endorsements from Maryland State Sens. Pam Beidle (D), Dawn Gile (D), and Maryland Del. Dana Jones (D).

Mike Rogers says the leadership skills he gained in the military, private sector, and the Maryland House of Delegates would help him be an effective leader in Congress. Rogers says he would improve trust in government by focusing on constituent services and would work on increasing affordable housing, increasing Veterans Affairs funding, and lowering prescription drug costs. Rogers received endorsements from Maryland Dels. Shaneka Henson (D) and Scott Phillips (D).

Also running in the primary are Mark S. Chang, Michael Coburn, Malcolm Colombo, Abigail Diehl, Lindsay Donahue, Mark Gosnell, Terri L. Hill, Aisha Khan, Clarence Lam, Matt Libber, Kristin Lyman Nabors, John Morse, Jake Pretot, Don Quinn, Dan Rupli, Gary Schuman, Stewart Silver, and Jeffrey Woodard.