State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, the Republican nominee for Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District, has challenged Dutch Ruppersberger to a debate.

Salling believes the voters should have a choice on who they are going to vote for in the General Election. Governor Larry Hogan has won Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District twice, and Republicans can win the District again.

Salling looks forward to Dutch’s response.

Sailling said, “I’m ready to debate Dutch anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Let’s give the voters a clear choice to decide who will best represent their values in the House. Republicans have won Maryland 2nd Congressional District before, and we can win it again.”

Clarence Long, a Democrat, represented the 2nd District in Congress from 1962 to 1984, when he was defeated by Republican Helen Delich Bentley.

Bentley stepped down in 1994 in order to run for governor (unsuccessfully), and was succeeded by another Republican, Robert Ehrlich.

Ehrlich also left office to run for governor in 2002. when he defeated Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Ruppersberger, coming off two terms as Baltimore County Executive, was elected in 2002 and has held the office ever since.

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