GAITHERSBURG — Businessman and Congressional candidate David Trone won the District 6 primary for the Democratic Party with 22,855 votes with 237 of 237 Election Day precincts reporting, or 40.4 percent of votes counted.
“It’s fantastic,” said Trone outside Shady Grove Metro Station Wednesday, about the win. “It’s fantastic that the voters trusted us. But most important is that the voters trusted our values.”
Trone beat State Del. Aruna Miller (D-15) and State Sen. Roger Manno (D-19), who received 30.6 percent and 10.2 percent of votes Democratic votes, respectively. He said he was a better candidate because he is not a politician already and did not accept money from PACs.
Total Wine & More owner Trone reported he contributed more than $10 million in his 2017-2018 campaign, compared with more than $13 million for the 2016 race. His run in 2016 against now-Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8) was one of the most expensive races in Congressional history.
When a reporter asked him the necessity of his multimillion-dollar investment in his District 6 campaign, he said, “We’re good. Thank you,” and walked away.
Miller reported receiving more than $1 million from individuals for her campaign.
Unlike the 2016 race, Trone raised $400,000 from individuals in 2017 to 2018.
“Professional politicians are about – their whole life is about how they get re-elected, how they make themselves look good,” Trone said. “The voters are tired of folks that all they care about is making themselves look good. They really ought to be focused on, what are people’s values? What do they care about?”
He said he plans to devote attention to combatting the opioid epidemic and on incarceration reform.
The Total Wine & More owner will compete against Republican-Primary winner Amie Hoeber in the general election.
Trone said he chose to run for the 6th Congressional District after would-be incumbent Congressman John Delaney said he planned to run for President.
Miller said she has no plans to run as an independent.
"I want every young person out there to know that money shouldn't be the reason that should deter you from what you believe is right," Miller said.
"Clearly there was something missing from from this federal delegation, and that is being a woman, being a minority, being an immigrant – all these things, you know elements of being an individual were not being heard there, " she added.
On the Republican side, District 6 candidate Amie Hoeber came out on top with 68.1 percent, 18,751 votes total.
“As we head toward success in November, I will continue to demonstrate that I offer the best choice to solve the critical problems faced by our District, Maryland and the nation,” Hoeber said.
She thanked her family, friends and staff as well as her opponents in the Republican race.