Republicans and Democrats are nine days away from choosing their party nominees in Maryland’s 6th District Congressional race.
Sparked by new congressional boundaries drawn last fall, seven Republicans and five Democrats are trying to unseat the 10-term Republican incumbent, Roscoe G. Bartlett.
Bartlett’s challengers in the April 3 GOP primary are state Del. Kathryn L. Afzali, state Sen. David R. Brinkley, former state Del. Robin Ficker, Joseph T. Krysztoforski, Robert Coblentz, Peter James and Brandon Orman Rippeon.
The field in the Democratic primary is state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, John Delaney, Dr. Milad L. Pooran, Charles Bailey and Ron Little.
The winner in each primary will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.
Until last year, the 6th District included parts or all of Washington, Frederick, Allegany, Garrett, Carroll, Montgomery, Harford and Baltimore counties.
The redistricting approved by the Maryland General Assembly removed Carroll, Harford and Baltimore counties from the district, as well as part of Frederick County.
The new district includes much more of Montgomery County.
As a result, the voting enrollment in the 6th District switched from about 47 percent Republican and 36 percent Democrat to about 44 percent Democrat and 34 percent Republican.
Early voting started Saturday and continues through Thursday. Washington County’s early-voting site is the American Red Cross office, 1131 Conrad Court, off Eastern Boulevard, in Hagerstown.
Early voting is open Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Democratic candidates are scheduled to be at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum on Monday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hager Hall, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Tickets cost $15.
They also will be at a forum on Monday at 7 p.m. at Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. The evening forum is sponsored by the Frederick News-Post, The Herald-Mail and others.
Republicans will hold a similar forum at Jack B. Kussmaul Theater at FCC on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s March 19 forum for Republican candidates can be seen on Antietam Cable Channel 30 Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. It’s also available until April 3 on Antietam Cable’s On Demand.
Watch live streaming video from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's public forum for Democratic candidates in the 6th Congressional District race, beginning Monday at 7:30 a.m. at www.herald-mail.com.