CUMBERLAND — Businessman David Trone announced Wednesday he is seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland's 6th District.
Trone, who announced his intention to run for Congress in August, filed his candidacy with the Maryland Board of Elections Wednesday officially placing his name on the ballot.
A Democrat, Trone, 62, resides in Potomac. He is co-owner of Total Wines and More with his brother Robert. Total Wines and More is one of the largest privately held beverage distributors in the United States.
The 6th District seat is held by U.S. Rep. John Delaney, who is not seeking re-election and is instead running for the Democratic nomination for president. The 6th District consists of Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties, as well as western Frederick County and northern Montgomery County.
Trone issued a press release on his candidacy Wednesday. He detailed his opposition to President Donald Trump and his policies, saying that he would oppose the administration and Congress' attempts to gut health care, women's rights, education, environmental protections and Social Security.
"This isn't the time to stand on the sidelines," Trone said.
Trone said he will represent the people of the 6th District rather than narrow special interests. "I have never taken contributions from special interests PACs or lobbyists, and I never will. I don't want to be their representative or beholden to anyone other than the voters. The recent tax law is a great example of how narrow interests distort policy in ways that undermine what's best for the country now and in the future."
Trone released his "12 Action Steps to Combat the Opioid Epidemic" on Monday.
"Sixty-four thousand Americans died in 2016 due to opioids,"Trone said. "As many of you probably know, my nephew was one of them. Opioids are killing people at an alarming rate. Overdose deaths now outnumber deaths from auto accidents and guns; only heart disease, stroke, and cancer account for more deaths annually.
"For the past year we’ve heard Congress and the President talk a lot about the problem. But little action has been taken. If we don’t take swift action, things will only get worse," Trone said.
Highlights of the plan include fully funding a national response, restoring power to the Drug Enforcement Administration, expanding K-12 prevention programs, promoting new guidelines for prescribers, access to drug treatment for jailed offenders and accessible and affordable treatment with a primary focus on small towns and rural areas.
"The statistics in Maryland are even more frightening," Trone said. "We have the 10th highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation. There were 1856 opioid-related deaths in 2016, a 70 percent increase from the previous year."
Trone ran an unsuccessful bid in 2016 for the 8th District seat formerly held by Chris Van Hollen who won election to the U.S. Senate. Trone spent $13 million in his effort.
Trone is joining a large field of candidates. Democrats vying for the 6th District seat include state Sen. Roger Manno of Derwood, Aruna Miller, Gaithersburg; Nadia Hashimi, Potomac; and Andrew Duck, Frederick.
Republican candidates include Amie Hoeber, Potomac; Matt Mossburg, Frederick; Bradley Rohrs, Germantown, and Lisa Lloyds of Potomac.
George Gluck of the Green Party and Kevin Caldwell, a Libertarian candidate from of Brunswick, will appear on the General Election ballot only. Ted Athey of Hagerstown is running unaffiliated.
The primary will take place on June 26 with the general election set for Nov. 6.
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