Trone, city incumbents file for reelection

CUMBERLAND — U.S. Rep. David Trone, a Democrat who represents Maryland’s 6th District, filed for reelection Thursday at the Maryland State Board of Elections in Annapolis.

“Representing the people of Maryland’s 6th District has been an honor of my lifetime, and I’m ready to continue this fight with them,” said Trone, who won the seat in 2018. “My team and I have worked tirelessly in Washington and throughout our four district offices on issues most important to the people of Maryland’s 6th District, including the opioid crisis and economic inequality. I look forward to continuing to seek solutions and make real change for Maryland’s 6th District.”

The district includes Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties as well as western portions of Frederick and Montgomery counties.

Since coming to Congress, Trone, of Gaithersburg, has held 11 workshops and 175 public events in Maryland, according to a news release issued by his staff. He has introduced 14 bills, amendments and resolutions.

Trone’s top issues in Congress include fighting to end the opioid epidemic, reforming the criminal justice system and increasing funding for medical research. He founded the bipartisan Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, which has secured funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

The congressman sits on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs and Joint Economic committees in Congress. Earlier this month, he opened his fourth district office — the only representative from Maryland’s 6th District in history to have four district offices. He opened a Cumberland office in April 2018.

As of Thursday afternoon, four people had registered to challenge Trone’s seat — Kevin T. Caldwell, a Republican from Brunswick; Neil C. Parrot, Republican from Funkstown, Maxwell A. Bero, a Democrat from Clarksburg, and Democrat Preeti Jayant Panchal.

Cumberland City Council

Incumbents Eugene Frazier and Laurie Marchini are among four people who have filed for two seats on Cumberland’s City Council.

Seven candidates must join the race for it to appear on the primary election ballot in April; otherwise, the candidates would be on the general election ballot in November.

The seats carry four-year terms.

Also listed as candidates Thursday were Robin Hood Constitution and Sylvester Young.

Frazier was first elected in 2016. Marchini was appointed to the council in January 2019 after then-Councilman Dave Caporale won election to the Allegany County Board of Commissioners.

Board of Education

Crystal M. Bender of Cumberland filed Thursday, bringing the number of candidates seeking three open seats on the Allegany County Board of Education to seven.

Bender’s registration as a candidate also ensures the race will appear on the primary election ballot.

Also in the field are incumbents Tammy Fraley, David Bohn and Ed Root, as well as Stephen Lewis, Linda Widmyer and Michael Leptic.

Last day to file

The deadline for candidates to file for the 2020 election is Friday. The primary election is April 28 and the general election is Nov. 3.

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