David Trone Wants to Be Your Congressman, And So Do Three Other Democratic Hopefuls
Days after Germantown’s currently seated Congressional Representative, former businessman, and Potomac resident John Delaney, announced that he no longer wanted to be your Congressman, but instead will run for President of the United States; another businessman and Potomac resident announced that he does want to be your Congressman.
Today entrepreneur and philanthropist David Trone announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District today in a video posted on his website. The news comes after Delaney said that he would not seek re-election in 2018 to concentrate on his presidential run in the 2020 election cycle.
In his announcement, Trone pledged to continue the work of Democratic Congressman John Delaney. “John is a good friend and a great Representative,” said Trone. “With your help I’ll pick up right where John leaves off.”
Trone detailed his opposition to Trump administration policies, saying that he would oppose attempts to gut healthcare, women’s rights, education, environmental protections, and Social Security. “This isn’t a time to stand on the sidelines,” said Trone.
He went on to emphasize that “fighting to protect things isn’t enough” and laid out a positive agenda that includes increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health, infrastructure improvements including I-270 and I-81, and creating jobs in every part of the 6th District.
The announcement ends months of speculation as to which political office Trone would be running for in 2018. He let it be known that he was considering running for either Montgomery County Executive or the 6th Congressional seat held by Delaney. Although, most expected Delaney would seek the Governor’s seat not the seat in the Oval Office.
Trone also emphasized the need to help people in rural parts of the 6th District. He grew up on a family farm cleaning hog and chicken pens and showing animals as a member of the 4H. His family struggled to keep the operation afloat, and the farm eventually went bankrupt. “I grew up on a family farm, and I understand their challenges, and I’ll fight to protect that way of life,” said Trone.
Once again, the wealthy Trone has pledged not be influenced by special interests; Trone said that he wouldn't take money from corporations, PACs, or lobbyists. “I don’t want to be their Congressman; I want to be yours.”