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December 5, 2011

Benoit not running in Maryland's District 4

Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit, who has said he was considering running to represent Maryland's newly drawn 4th Congressional district, said Monday night he will forego a campaign and serve out his term on the council.

“Given the uncertainty and turmoil that currently exists in the county, I know I can best serve Anne Arundel County by remaining on the council," Benoit, a Democrat and Army veteran, said in a statement. "Now more than ever, our community needs stability and experienced leadership. So I am staying put."

Benoit said in late October that he was exploring running for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards, a Prince George's Democrat, after the district was redistricted to include portions of Anne Arundel County.

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