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Potomac, MD (August 2, 2017) – Local entrepreneur and philanthropist David Trone announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District today in a video posted on his website DavidTrone.com.
In his announcement, Trone pledged to continue the work of Congressman John Delaney, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election. “John is a good friend and a great Representative,” said Trone. “With your help I’ll pick up right where John leaves off.”
Trone detailed his opposition to Trump administration policies, saying that he would oppose attempts to gut healthcare, women’s rights, education, environmental protections, and Social Security. “This isn’t a time to stand on the sidelines,” said Trone.
He went on to emphasize that “fighting to protect things isn’t enough” and laid out a positive agenda that includes increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health, infrastructure improvements including I-270 and I-81, and creating jobs in every part of the 6th District.
Trone also emphasized the need to help people in rural parts of the 6th District. He grew up on a family farm cleaning hog and chicken pens, and showing animals as a member of the 4H. His family struggled to keep the operation afloat, and the farm eventually went bankrupt. “I grew up on a family farm and I understand their challenges, and I’ll fight to protect that way of life,” said Trone.
Pledging to represent only the interests of the 6th District and to not be influenced by special interests, Trone said that he won’t take money from corporations, PACs, or lobbyists. “I don’t want to be their Congressman, I want to be yours.”
Trone highlighted his experience creating over 6,000 jobs at Total Wine & More, a company he grew from one store to 172 stores in 22 states. Over 500 work at the company headquarters in Bethesda. He shared his belief that “life’s purpose is to make things better” and emphasized his record of doing that in business. Total Wine & More has some of the highest wages and best benefits in the retail industry. They also invest in team members by paying for them to earn their GEDs and have a pilot program that offers a four-year college degree paid for by the company.
Trone and his wife June are celebrating their 30th year of marriage. Their four children are young adults.
The Trone family has an extensive record of charitable giving. Over the last three years alone, Total Wine & More’s charitable donations totaled almost $20 million to 7,000 local organizations. David, and his wife June have donated millions more through their foundation, including a recent contribution to Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County to help expand treatment for mental health and addiction.
The family has also been among the largest supporters of the ACLU for over 20 years. In recognition of David and June’s longtime support, the ACLU created the Trone Center for Justice and Equality.
David and June also established a legal assistance fund for people impacted by Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslims. In announcing the fund, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said, “David’s dedication to protecting our rights is in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s attacks on liberty.”
More information about David Trone and his campaign for Congress can be found at DavidTrone.com.