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This story was corrected March 11, 2014. An explanation follows the story.

Christine Thron is worried that high taxes are pushing her neighbors out of Maryland.

Thron, who is running for delegate in District 15, said she chose to run because new taxes are pushing residents and businesses out of the state.

“It’s hurting people every time they go to the grocery store, every time they go to the gas station,” she said.

Thron, 55, a Republican from Boyds, said taxes such as the gasoline tax hurt the local economy and the middle class.

“People who are really trying to make it, who are working people ... those things really take a dent out of a budget,” she said.

Thron, who is married and has five children, is a counselor for CentrePointe Counseling, which provides mental health services through pastoral counseling.

Thron ran for Congress in 2010 in District 8, but lost in the GOP primary with 21 percent of the vote to Michael Phillips. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D) of Kensington ultimately was re-elected.

Thron said she is worried that Maryland residents are increasingly moving out of the state as taxes go up.

“There’s an exodus going on,” she said.

Raising taxes should not be necessary. Instead, she said, the state should spend less. Thron said she is considering ways to do that in the state legislature.

As for her campaign finances, Thron said she plans to hold fundraisers but does not have a target amount.

District 15 stretches along the western edge of the county, from Clarksburg through Germantown and Potomac to parts of Bethesda.

Democrats Kathleen Dumais of Rockville, David Fraser-Hidalgo of Boyds and Aruna Miller of Darnestown now represent District 15 and all three seek re-election.

Republicans Flynn Ficker of Boyds and Ed Edmundson are also candidates.

Fraser-Hidalgo is serving the remainder of former Del. Brian J. Feldman’s term. Feldman, of Potomac, was appointed to the district’s Senate seat after Democrat Robert Garagiola resigned last year.

The primary will be in June, with the general election in November.

The original version omitted the name of a candidate running for the seat.

scarignan@gazette.net