GRASONVILLE, Md. (AP) — Former Del.  Michael Smigiel says he’s running for Maryland’s 1st District congressional seat.

The Cecil County Republican announced Wednesday at a Kent Island restaurant that he will challenge incumbent Rep. Andy Harris. The district includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties.

Smigiel says some have been concerned that Harris was disconnected from the district and too open to compromise.

Smigiel, who says he could be described as a libertarian conservative, says it is possible to accomplish a lot while maintaining one’s principles. He says he has been the most effective Republican in Annapolis in recent years by working across the aisle with Democrats.

Smigiel was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 until he lost a re-election bid last year.

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