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Ruben vs. Raskin

Jamie Raskin, an American University law professor, has formally announced that he is challenging District 20 Sen. Ida G. Ruben in this year's Democratic primary.

Ruben has represented District 20, which includes parts of Silver Spring and Takoma Park, since 1987. But Raskin is widely expected to give Ruben her most serious challenge in years.

Even though Ruben, who also represented the district in the House of Delegates between 1975 and 1987, has been a fixture in county politics for three decades, several longtime activists are lining up behind Raskin.

"I think the time has finally come when it's someone else's turn," said Dorothy Davidson , who has been active in county politics for four decades, including working tirelessly on behalf of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) in his past two races.

Former council member Esther Gelman and State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler are also supporting Raskin.

Tim Craig

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 26, 2006; 4:25 PM ET
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