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David Moon, who runs the politics blog Maryland Juice, is eyeing a bid for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014.

Moon, 34, of Silver Spring said Thursday in a phone interview that a run for District 20 is “a likely outcome,” for him, adding that he plans to make a formal decision around Labor Day.

On March 22, Moon officially formed a campaign committee with the Maryland Board of Elections, according to information provided by the election board.

Despite Moon’s active blogging about 2014 races for governor, attorney general, comptroller and Montgomery County executive, not even a whiff of his own impending candidacy has appeared on his blog, marylandjuice.com.

But Moon said to expect something soon, as he has been working on a couple of pieces that he has not had time to finish. They will explain his reasons for considering a go at public office, he said.

“I’m trying to focus on advocacy work right now and winding that down before I have to enter the nasty realm of campaigning,” he said.

Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring said in an email that District 20 will be a crowded field of “many impressive candidates, some whom have served their community for years.”

“It should be a spirited and substantive debate,” he wrote. “I wish all candidates well.”

Arora is the subject of a standing attack on Maryland Juice’s homepage calling him a “liar,” that links to a post criticizing his vote against same-sex marriage after campaigning in favor of it.

Moon said he was born and raised in Montgomery County and chose his current residence in District 20 because it is an “awesome community.”

Defining his work, including his blog, as progressive advocacy, Moon said he currently splits his time between the advocacy site Demand Progress, where he is program director, and launching Communities for Transit, a nonprofit in support of countywide rapid transit.

Moon has also worked for local politicos, including a brief stint in the office of Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring.



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