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David Trone Kicks Off Campaign with Stop in Germantown

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.