Eric Delano Knowles

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Eric Delano Knowles
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Maryland, District 3
High schoolSouthern High School
Bachelor'sAnne Arundel Community College (attended)
Date of birth01/31/1978
Place of birthSuitland, MD
Campaign website
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Eric Delano Knowles was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland. He won the Republican nomination on April 3, 2012 and faced Democratic incumbent John Sarbanes in the November general election.

Knowles was defeated by Democratic incumbent John Sarbanes on November 6, 2012.[1]


Knowles was raised in Suitland, MD and at the age of 13 moved to Churchton, MD. Knowles attended Anne Arundel Community College and Frederick Community College.[2]


  • United States Air Force, 1997
  • Bartender
  • Knowles previously ran for the Governor of Maryland in 2010.[3]



See also: Maryland's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Knowles ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 3rd District. On April 3, 2012, he beat Thomas Harris, Draper Phelps, and Armand Girard in the Republican primary. [4]

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[5]

General election

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 66.8% 213,747
     Republican Eric Delano Knowles 29.6% 94,549
     Libertarian Paul Drgos, Jr. 3.4% 11,028
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.2% 535
Total Votes 319,859
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Maryland, District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Delano Knowles 33.5% 6,845
Armand Girard 23.5% 4,809
Thomas Harris 28.7% 5,874
Draper Phelps 14.3% 2,935
Total Votes 20,463


Knowles uploaded this video, titled "Meet Eric Knowles" on June 12, 2012.[6]

Eric Knowles, "Meet Eric Knowles"[7]

Campaign issues

The following are issues highlighted by Knowles on his campaign website.[8]

  • Civil Rights

Excerpt: "I will fight against unconstitutional legislation like the Patriot Act that strips us of our right to privacy and our rights against illegal search and seizures and the 2012 National Defense Authorization act that allows a small elite group of people in the administration to illegally and indefinitely detain any American citizen without a trial."[9]

  • Economy

Excerpt: "The problem with our economy stems from the fact that our dollar is weak due to overprinting." KNowles is in favor of ending the Federal Reserve and allowing Congress to determine monetary policy.[10]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Yes, there are many problems involved with the health care system that we currently have. These problems exist because of government interference with what should be a free market."[11]

  • Immigration'

Excerpt: " do not believe it is in the spirit of freedom to have the entire nation identified, catalogued, and given National ID cards or citizen papers that they would be required to carry on them at all times to determine our status when receiving these services.."[12]


See also: Maryland gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Knowles ran as a Constitution Party candidate against incumbent Martin O'Malley (D), Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), Maria Allwine (G), and Susan J. Gaztanaga (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010. O'Malley won reelection.

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Knowles lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Knowles' campaign committee raised a total of $31,004 and spent $30,271.[13]

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