After weeks of rumors, Congressmen John K. Delaney (D-MD6) made it official on Friday that he would not be running for re-election to his current seat as the Congressional representative from the Maryland 6th District, but instead will be running for the Democratic nomination for the President of the United States in 2020.
Delaney made the announcement in an op-ed published on The Washington Post website on Friday, July 28. Once the piece which was titled, “Why I am Running for President” was posted, Delaney sent a Tweet reading “I’m running for President” and included a link to the Post op-ed.
“To do this work with the commitment it deserves,” wrote Delaney in the op-ed announcing his plans to run for president, “I will not be running for reelection to the House of Representatives. No games, no cat-and-mouse, no backup plan at the 11th hour if a focus group goes badly.”
The announcement ends speculation as what the third-term Congressman’s future political future holds. Delaney won his second term in the Maryland 6th District after defeating Republican challenger Amie Hoeber in November 2016. There was much speculation that Delaney would throw his hat into the ring to as a heavy-weight political challenger for the governor’s seat. However, the race to unseat Republican Governor Larry Hogan is already quite crowded. A number of candidates have already announced, including Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, former president and CEO of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous, Maryland State Senator from Montgomery County, Richard Madaleno, former State Department official Alec Ross, and Baltimore attorney Jim Shea already declared as running for the Democratic nod.
For instance, former candidate for a Maryland Senate seat and Montgomery County residents David Trone told the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce that he was considering a run for either Montgomery County Executive or the Maryland 6th Congressional District seat. “I am waiting for my good friend and neighbor John Delaney to decide what his future is,” Trone, who is co-owner of Total Wine & More, told the Chamber in April. With Delaney making his plans known publicly it allows for many other political dominoes to begin to fall into place.
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.
Back in May, Maryland State Delegate Aruna Miller (D – District 15), a civil engineer from Darnestown, filed the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission stating that she intends to run for Delaney’s seat. Earlier this month, the Baltimore Sun reported that Miller had already raised in excess of $350,000. According to the Sun, the money was raised entirely from donors and none if was Miller’s personal funding.
In his announcement Delaney, who was the CEO of two public companies before getting into politics, said, “I am optimistic about our future. A future where responsible businesses work with our government to lead the world not only in growth and innovation but also in positive societal change.”