Another Democrat for Senate
Former Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen is announcing tonight he will join the Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate, saying he offers a more moderate alternative to the existing field of candidates.
In an interview, Rasmussen said "we want to give the voters of Maryland a choice." The other candidates represent the left, he said, and Republican contender, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, represents "the far right."
"I'm going to run as a moderate on social issues and as a fiscal conservative," he said.
Rasmussen served one term as Baltimore County executive, from 1986 to 1990, and prior to that as a member of both the State House of Delegates and Senate. He has since worked as a lobbyist in Annapolis.
Others in the primary are U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, former congressman and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume , forensic psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren, perennial candidate A. Robert Kaufman and American University professor Allan J. Lichtman . Montgomery County businessman Joshua Rales is expected to announce his candidacy this month.
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