David Trone is back for a second time around in his run for Congress.
After running the most expensive campaign in state history, the local businessman and Potomac resident announced his campaign for the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 6th District seat in a video posted on his website Wednesday.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, Trone spent $13.41 million on his congressional campaign in 2016 – a race he lost to Jamie Raskin.
Trone said he plans to continue the work of Congressman John Delaney, who recently announced he is running for President of the United States in 2020.
“John is a good friend and a great representative,” said Trone. “With your help I’ll pick up right where John leaves off.”
Trone said he opposes Trump Administration policies. In particular, he said he would not support attempts to “gut” healthcare, women’s rights, education, environmental protection and Social Security.
He said he has a positive agenda that would involve reaching across the aisle to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, for infrastructure improvements including roads such as Interstate Highway 270 and Interstate 81, as well as creating jobs throughout the 6th District.
“Fighting to protect things isn’t enough,” Trone said.
Trone said he wants to help people in rural parts of the 6th district.
Trone said he won’t accept money from corporations, political action committees or lobbyists.
“I don’t want to be their congressman, I want to be yours,” Trone said, about corporations, lobbyists and PACs.
He said he created more than 6,000 jobs at Total Wine & More, which he owns.
Trone co-owns Total Wine & More with his brother Robert Trone, although he did not mention Robert Trone in is campaign video.
He said he built up the company from one store to 172 stores in 22 states. More 500 work at the company headquarters in Bethesda alone. David Trone said his employees have some of the highest in the retail industry, as well as benefits.
“Success only means something when you give back,” Trone said. “That’s why I’m running for Congress, to make things better.”