FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- State Sen. David Brinkley says it's time for U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to pass the baton to another Republican.
The Frederick County businessman launched his campaign Wednesday for the 6th Congressional District seat that Bartlett has held for 10 terms.
Brinkley says he's a conservative who can keep the western Maryland seat in Republican hands despite an attempt by the Democratic majority in Annapolis to oust the 85-year-old incumbent through redistricting.
Bartlett has filed for re-election to an 11th term. Four other Republicans are also in the race.
Brinkley says he stands for fiscal responsibility and job creation.
The 52-year-old financial planner is in his third term in the state Senate after two terms in the House of Delegates. He served as Senate minority leader in 2007 and 2008.
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