Democrat John Sarbanes will continue to represent Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night.
Sarbanes, of Towson, has represented the district since 2007. Initial reports showed Sarbanes received twice as many votes Republican challenger Eric Knowles.
Sarbanes said he plans to continue focusing on education and environmental issues in his next term, as well as the watershed areas that were added to his district when the district maps were redrawn.
“I’m going to also focus people’s attention on this issue of money in politics ... so that average people can feel that their voice is being heard,” he said.
The issue that attracted much of the attention in the District 3 race was the shape of the district itself. The new district, approved in October 2011, includes pieces of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties.
Sarbanes said he has enjoyed meeting people in the newly redrawn district, which now includes part of Montgomery County.
“It’s a great area, and I’m looking forward to representing it,” he said.
Knowles did not return calls for comment Tuesday night.
Paul Drgos Jr., the Libertarian candidate in District 3, finished third in the race. He said it was difficult to get the word out about a third party, but the Libertarian Party is growing in Maryland.
“Today was a draining day, but it’s been nice to go out and talk to people in the district,” he said. “I’m taking the whole experience as a growing, learning experience and trying to prepare myself for my next endeavor.”