After announcing his intention to run for the Democratic nomination for the 6th District Congressional seat last week, David Trone hit the trail over the weekend with a Campaign Announcement Tour. On Friday, he stumped at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, he made stops in Oakland in Frederick County, Cumberland in Allegany County, Smithsburg in Washington County, and Hagerstown.
Trone was in Germantown on Sunday. He stopped by Butler’s Orchard and spoke to a small group. He was met by Wade Butler, the owner of Butler's Orchard.
The founder of Total Wine & More said that he was running as an outsider. “Our candidacy is the candidacy of the outsiders. A candidacy with a bias for action. A candidacy of common sense against an insider mentality that thinks change is not needed.”
He outlined some of his major concerns, chief among them were education, infrastructure, healthcare and the opioid emergency.
“What are some of the concerns that we have right now? When we look at what is happening in Washington. We have a president that has found a secretary of education that doesn’t believe in public education. That is just wrong. We have a president who doesn’t believe in global warming, and that is absolutely wrong.”
When he spoke about infrastructure, he mentioned the need to improve I-270. “We have a president that looks at infrastructure and rather than adopt a bill, like John Delaney’s bill which would have been a big job creator, he’s done nothing. He’s talked about it, but hasn’t done anything. Right now we have I-270, and it is a parking lot. That is not where we want to be. Virginia has done seven major transit projects in the last decade, Maryland, Montgomery County, and Frederick County have done one. The ICC. Now, the Purple Line is hopefully going to move forward. But we have to stop 30 years of studies. For 30 years they have been studying how we are going to fix 270. Stop the meetings. We are good at that in Maryland. We have to have a bias for action to actually get out, make decisions, and move forward. That is not happening on infrastructure.”
This is Trone’s second attempt at winning a seat in the House of Representatives. Many will remember that he ran for the District 8 seat, formerly held by now Senator Christopher Van Hollen. Last spring, Trone came in second and lost in the Democratic primary to Jamie Raskin.
In 2016, Trone spent more than $13 million on his unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign for Maryland's 8th congressional district, setting a record for the most expensive self-funded House campaign.
He also spoke about the National Institute for Health in Bethesda. “The president wants to cut funding to NIH and NIH is about our future. NIH is about our children and their children. If we can figure out how to drive dollars to NIH, with all the technology advances happening all around the world, if we can drive that we are going to have big, huge life-saving breakthroughs,”
“Think about Alzheimer’s,” said Trone, whose father died of Alzheimer’s. “If we can divert and create the dollars to drive the good solutions that are out there. There are promising signs right now, but no one is stepping up. Instead, Trump is proposing cutting. That is a bad strategy. We can’t do that.”
“I think about health care,” said Trone. “Everybody in America deserves health care. The healthcare system we have isn’t perfect, but we can’t throw it away. We can’t put 22 million American’s off health care. We have to figure out how to improve the healthcare system we have, and that can be done.”
He also addressed the opioid epidemic. “Opioids, last year, killed 60,000 Americans. That is more Americans than died in the Vietnam War. That is more Americans than die in traffic accidents in America. It doesn’t matter if you are Black or White, rich or poor, it strikes everybody. My nephew died of a fentanyl overdose. Trump’s own study has declared this a national emergency. And what have they done? They’ve done nothing. We need to treat this as the national emergency it is. We need a broad coalition to help drive solutions.”
Trone, who lives in Potomac, faces three other Montgomery County residents including State Delegate Bill Frick of Bethesda, State Senator Roger Manno, and State Delegate and Darnestown resident Aruna Miller. The Democratic primary will take place on June 26, 2018.
Mark Poetker contributed to this report.
Top: Congressional candidate David Trone is greeted by Wade Butler, owner of Bulter’s Orchard during a campaign stop in Germantown on Sunday, Aug. 6.
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Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.