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WASHINGTON (AP) - A state delegate who represents parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties is the latest candidate to announce a bid for Congress in Maryland's 4th District.

Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk told The Associated Press in an email on Sunday that she plans to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards. A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris says he is against extending emergency unemployment insurance without a job creation plan.

Congressman Harris told the Capital News Service that he would favor a project like the Keystone pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada and the northern U.S. to Texas.     

Meanwhile, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen is pushing for an extension of jobless benefits and paying for them with cuts in agriculture subsidies.

The long term unemployment benefits ran out in late December affecting around 23-thousand Marylanders.