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Trone files for Delaney's seat

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David Trone mugshot 2 5 16David Trone. FILE PHOTO  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.”

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Congressional candidate Hoeber pitches transportation solutions

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AmieHoeber2Congressional candidate Amie Hoeber (R), left, greets a rider at Shady Grove Station Tuesday. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN STUBBS  

ROCKVILLE – Congressional candidate Amie Hoeber (R) said she is redirecting her campaign to focus on transportation, although she said she is not an expert on the subject.

Running for the sixth congressional district, the former Reagan-era defense official said Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who endorsed her last week, also said voters value transportation.

Hogan said he believes Hoeber has a chance of winning the election as a Republican despite the Democratic tilt of the district that led to former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s (R) defeat in 2012 by newcomer John Delaney (D), who won re-election in 2014.

“A lot of people wrote me off when I was running and said that we didn’t have a chance and I proved them wrong,” Hogan said in a statement distributed by Hoeber’s campaign. “And I think she has the ability to do the exact same thing.”

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Five Reasons Why I Am Running To Be Your Congressman

The Olympics just ended, and if you watched like we did you heard the Maya Angelou poem on commercial breaks, “We are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike.” That is true for Congressional District 8 as well, for in our diversity we are united and share similar desires and needs.

For instance, as parents who just returned from dropping our sophomore off at college, Valerie and I identify with every parent who believes their child can accomplish great things. 

We all want the next generation to believe that they have a great purpose, to do good things in our country and world. We want them to hope, believe, dream, work hard and aspire to accomplish goals.

All this is our common interest, yet it is not guaranteed. Without freedom, the human condition goes dry.

That is why I am running to fill the open seat in Congress in Maryland's District 8 and I am asking for your vote.

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Plaster: focus on health care and veterans

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Mark Plaster head shot 8-24-163rd Dist. Congressional candidate Mark Plaster (R)   COURTESY PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – As a Navy reservist and a medical doctor, Mark Plaster (R) is focusing his race for the third congressional district on veterans’ issues and health care.

That includes overhauling how former members of the military receive treatment at medical centers operated by the Veterans Administration.

Plaster faces fifth-term Rep. John Sarbanes (D) and Green Party nominee Nnabus Eze in the general election.

“My first pledge is to try to fix the VA and I think we need to offer our veterans health care that they can actually put their hands around and do something for them,” said Plaster. “The primary thing I'm trying to emphasize is taking care of our veterans. That's something near and dear to my heart.”

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Chinese-American group sponsors District 8 debate

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This past Saturday evening the Coordination Council of Chinese-American Associations sponsored a Congressional candidate forum among candidates vying for the soon to be vacated District 8 Congressional seat of senatorial candidate Chris Van Hollen.

The participants included eight Democrats and two Republicans. Senator Jamie Raskin, Kathleen Matthews, Joel Rubin, David Anderson, David Trone, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, Delegate Kumar Barve and Will Jawando were the participating Democrats. Elizabeth Matory and Jeffrey Jones were the participating Republicans.

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GOP candidates gather for congressional debate

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GOP CandidatesFrom left to right, Shelly Skolnick, Liz Matory, Aryeh Shudofsky, Dan Cox and Jeff Jones.  COURTESY PHOTOS

ROCKVILLE – And now it’s the GOP’s turn.

The Republican candidates for Maryland's District 8th Congressional District seat will meet in a live-stream Web event hosted by the Montgomery County Sentinel Monday in the Executive Office Building Auditorium.

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Barve picks up endorsement from union

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Kumar-BarveState Del. Kumar Barve (D-17)

ROCKVILLE – UNITE HERE International Union released its endorsement of state Del. Kumar Barve (D-17) in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District Monday.

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