At a barbecue at Smokey Glen to promote his run for the 6th congressional district, David Trone called to mind his simple farm beginnings and progressive ideas in the hopes of his message resonating with Maryland voters.
“You know I’m in a farm, we learned a couple of things, most important thing is hard work,” said Trone. “What we do on that farm, whether it was shoveling chicken manure, literally 13 tons of manure every day, that would be good practice in Washington.”
“We also did a lot of time feeding hogs. That could be good practice in Washington too,” said Trone.
It was a classic barbecue with a side of schmoozing and hope for a congressional candidate who embodies progressive ideas and can counter President Trump. People ate and chatted for a little over an hour until Trone arrived and spoke for half an hour.
Although he lost after pouring $13 million of his own money into a race for the 8th district in 2016, this time around his supporters think he has a better shot, especially in a different district.
“I was very impressed with his campaign for Congress in the 8th congressional district,” said Alan Bowser. “I think that his position will find lots of resonance in this part of Montgomery County”
Another difference this time around is that Trone will not be entirely self-funded.
“This time we’re going to raise some money,” said Trone. “We’re going to try and do the Bernie Sanders way. We are not going to take any money from banks. We are not going to take any money from PACs. We are not going to take any money from lobbyists. We are not going to take any from corporations.”
This announcement drew applause from the crowd but the most applause came when Trone announced his position on education.
“Maryland had some of the best education. That is slipping, slipping every year,” said Trone. “We need to have free community college. We need to have free vocational school that creates great jobs.”
Other than his stance on education, some at the event appreciated Trone’s ability to inspire the community.
Translated from her native Spanish, attendee Encarnacion André said, “He has impact with the community, with the Chinese, with the black community, with the Spanish community, whatever you name it. We need people like that in this country. He doesn’t discriminate at all, not by gender, not by social class, not by race, not by ethnicity.”
For others, his previous campaign is what piqued their interest.
“I was very impressed with his campaign for Congress in the 8th congressional district. His television commercials were pitch-perfect,” said Bowser. “He spoke to some of the things I care about, gun control, women’s rights, a sane foreign policy, and an emphasis in economic development.”
“I loved his campaign before,” said Jill Purdy. “I thought he stood for all the things that are important to me”
The progressive issues Trone talks about have already earned him the support of a local union.
“The teamsters support Trone,” said Marsha Ridley, a political consultant for Teamsters Local Union No. 730. “I like him. I was looking at what he supports. The way he started out living on a farm, he helped his family through bankruptcy. He doesn’t need to be corrupt and take money under the table.
Many hope that he can come into play with Trump.
“A lot of negativism about [Trump],” said Purdy. “I want to see how he’ll counter that.”
Trone did devote time in his speech discussing the issue of Trump and of corruption in Washington and gave a sample of how he plans to lead, if elected.
“You talk to people on the left. You talk to people on the right,” he said. “You have to listen to everyone, that’s important.”