Representative John Delaney announced in an op-ed in the Washington Post Friday that he is running for President of the United States, making him among the first Democrats to challenge Donald J. Trump for the White House in 2020.
Delaney, who is serving his third term in U.S. Congress, said Friday he decided to run for president because he has an original approach to politics.
“I’m running to bring a new approach to governing and economic policy that addresses our nation’s opportunities and challenges and builds a future where the middle class can grow and succeed,” Delaney said in a statement.
Delaney, whom many speculated would run for Governor of Maryland in 2018, represents Maryland’s sixth Congressional district, which covers parts of northern and western Montgomery County including parts of Potomac, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Maryland’s western counties. Delaney defeated 10-term Republican congressman Roscoe Bartlett in 2012 after the General Assembly redrew Maryland’s Congressional districts.
“Our government is hamstrung by excessive partisanship and the politics of small thinking," Delaney said. "There’s no better proof of that than the dysfunction over health care – a cynical, political, deeply flawed and cruel approach to policymaking that we as a nation can no longer afford."
Delaney, who grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, moved to the Washington Metropolitan area after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. Before he first ran for Congress in 2012, Delaney was the co-founder of Capital Source, a commercial lender based in Chevy Chase in Montgomery County.