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Vogt announces bid for Md.’s 6th District seat

HAGERSTOWN — A 28-year-old Marine veteran is formally announcing his bid for Maryland’s 6th District Congressional seat.

David E. Vogt III of Brunswick announced Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination in the race for the seat currently held by Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat.

Vogt has never held political office, but he says he was prompted to run for Congress by the same “passion to serve” that inspired him to join the Marines.

Vogt hopes that as word spreads about his candidacy, he will attract more supporters.

“We are in a country right now that is being hammered by big government — big government that is taking control of our privacy, our lives, our health care, our individual liberties that are laid out in the Constitution,” Vogt said. “We look at a government that is continually tramping on what our liberties are.”

Vogt is looking to recover for Republicans the seat lost last year by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. In the primary, Vogt will face former U.S. Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who announced his candidacy earlier this month.

Delaney’s campaign spokesman said the congressman isn’t yet thinking of 2014.

Vogt is challenging his competitors to set a campaign spending limit of $500,000 in the 2014 race. Regardless of other candidates’ response, he said he hopes to stick to that spending cap and donate any leftover funds to charity.

“You shouldn’t be able to buy a congressional seat,” Vogt said.