Collins running against Berg in 29th District

Christopher Collins

A criminal defense attorney and former member of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors has announced he is taking on Del. Mark Berg, R-Winchester, for the Republican nomination in the 29th House District.

Christopher Collins, 43, said he is running to ease the burden of obligations the Board of Supervisors and other local governments must perform under laws passed by the General Assembly.

“I saw what was going on in Richmond and the effect that it had on the board, and I was interested in going down to Richmond and trying to correct some of [the] unfunded mandate issues,” Collins said.

Collins represented the Red Bud District on the Board of Supervisors from 2010 until February when he moved out of the Red Bud district and into the Back Creek District.

Collins offered another rationale for his candidacy: “I feel someone needs to be in Richmond who is submitting bills and proposals that are more geared to the needs of citizens from the 29th.”

Berg won his seat two years ago by beating incumbent Republican Beverly Sherwood in a primary and independent Larry Yates in the general election.

Berg, who had already announced his candidacy, welcomed Collins to the race.

“In elections, it’s always valuable for voters to have competition and that would apply in primaries and general elections,” Berg said, adding, “I’m looking forward to it.”

The primary is June 9, and the general election is Nov. 3.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com