Two Maryland State Delegates have made decisions as to their future. One will seek higher office, and the other will seek reelection to the same office.
Maryland State Delegate Aruna Miller (D – District 15) has filed the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission stating that she intends to run for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District, the seat currently held by Rep. John Delaney, While Del. Kirill Reznik, (D - District 39) has decided to forego a run for that seat.
The Indian-born Miller represents parts of Germantown, Clarksburg, Boyds, Poolesville, Darnestown and Potomac in the state’s 15th district of the Maryland House of Delegates. The filing was reported by Germantown-based American Bazaar, an Indian American news website that covers community, immigration, technology, politics & Bollywood.
Miller filed a Statement of Candidacy form with the Federal Election Commission on May 4, which will enable her to raise money for the race.
Delaney is a three-term Congressman from Potomac is considering a run for the governor’s seat against next year. “Sometime in June, he is going to make a decision on what his future plans are. I had a personal conversation with him, and he told me that he is leaning in the direction of not seeking re-election for the seat,” Miller told The American Bazaar.
Primaries are still about a year away, but the filing will enable Miller to begin fundraising. If Delaney does choose not to run for a fourth-term, it will set off a firestorm of political maneuvering, as David Trone, Potomac resident and co-founder of Total Wine & More has expressed an interest in running for Delaney’s seat. In 2016, Trone spent more than $13 million on his unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign to succeed Chris Van Hollen in Maryland's 8th congressional district, setting a record for the most expensive self-funded House campaign. Trone has also suggested that he will run for the Montgomery County Executive spot which will be vacated by Ike Leggett in 2018.
The 6th district, which includes Potomac, Frederick City, and Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties, is one of the most competitive districts in Maryland. It was in Republican hands until Delaney defeated Roscoe G. Bartlett in 2012 by more than 20 percentage points. However, in the next election, his margin shrunk to fewer than 2,800. Last November, he won by more than 52,000 votes.
Miller and her husband, David Miller, live in Darnestown, which would make her the only candidate for the seat which actually lives in the 6th District.
Miller is the second Indian American delegate from Maryland to run for Congress in two years. Last year, her colleague Kumar Barve had made an unsuccessful run from the neighboring 8th district, according to American Bazaar article.
In other news from the Montgomery County delegation, Del. Kirill Reznik (D – District 39) announced via Facebook on May 17, that he intends to seek reelection for his seat in 2018. He had been considering joining the race for Delaney’s Congressional seat.
“After a lot of thought and analysis,” Reznik said in his FaceBook post, “and a lot of discussions with my wife and the rest of my family, I have determined that this is not the right time for me to do so. Too many other responsibilities will keep me from a credible run, and the people of CD-6 deserve no less than 110 percent from me.”
The posting continued, “As such, later this month, I plan on joining my colleagues Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Nancy J King in filing for re-election for my seat in Annapolis, and will work very hard to make sure that my constituents feel that I deserve another term and send me back to continue to work and fight on their behalf.”
Top: Del. Aruna Miller (D – District 15) has filed a Statement of Candidacy to run for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
Next: Miller spoke at a Town Hall meeting in Clarksburg last week updating constituents about the 2017 Maryland Legislative session.
Next: Kirill Reznik (D – District 39) announced that he will run for reelection to his current seat and not seek John Delaney’s seat in Congress.
Photos by Stephanie Graves for Germantown Pulse.