U.S. Congress District 6

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George Gluck

Where you live: Rockville

Date of birth: Jan. 6, 1947

Current occupation and employer:
Semi-retired IT contractor. Substitute (and home and hospital) high school math/science teacher for MCPS, FCPS, and WCPS.

Political experience:

(Green Party)
2009 – special election for County Council
2010 – at-large County Council
2012 – Congressional District 8
2014 – Congressional District 6
2016 – Congressional District 6
2018 – Congressional District 6
2020 – Congressional District 6
Won none of the above

Website: http://GeorgeGluck.com

Email: VoteForGeorge@GeorgeGluck.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/george.gluck.31

Twitter: @Gluck4Congress

Instagram: gluckgeorge

Why are you running for this office?

To “Make America good again. This time for all of us!”

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

In 2015, President Carter stated that the U.S. was no longer a democracy, but had become an oligarchy. It is time to move the government to once again become “of, by, and for the people!”

We need to make sure that any citizen that wishes to register to vote, can easily do so, that any registered voter is free to vote as their right, and that every legal vote cast is counted. In addition, the voters deserve to have more choices, by opening the ballot to a reasonable number of minor parties, and to allow voters to vote for multiple candidates of their choice by instituting ranked choice voting.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

Campaign finance for public office should be far more auditable than it is, preferably by using public funds.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

Seventy-five years as a middle-income husband, father, and grandfather, substitute (STEM) teacher, immigrant, IT professional, and observer of our civil, economic and political state, has prepared me to take on this office. I consider myself a “prudent” progressive, since I hate to waste money, not mine or yours.

Ben Smilowitz

Where you live: Aspen Hill

Date of birth: March 26, 1981

Current occupation and employer:

Current: Executive director, Disaster Accountability Project & SmartResponse.org
Former: Director of Online Outreach, Americans United to Protect Social Security
Former: Coordinator, Missouri Governor’s Youth Cabinet

Political experience:

  • Served as a director of the leading national coalition to protect Social Security from privatization when President Bush attempted to privatize.
    • Proposed federal legislation that would have saved lives at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic when both Trump and Congress failed to lead.

Website: https://www.bensmilowitz.com

Email: contactben@bensmilowitz.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Smilowitz4MD

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ben_smilowitz

Why are you running for this office?

I have two young sons and I worry about their future. I’ve been a public interest advocate for 25 years, fighting for accountability in government since Hurricane Katrina.

I’m disappointed by Mr. Trone’s lack of leadership and preoccupation with expanding his own wealth while in Congress. How will we get the corrupting influence of big money out of Washington, fix our democracy, and protect our planet, when our congressman embodies the worst of pay-to-play politics?

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

Leadership on the most critical issues of our time: climate, healthcare, our democracy and civil rights, and improving quality of life across our district. People in MD-6 are hurting. People want quality, affordable healthcare, better public transit, jobs, affordable housing, money for education, and hope. The biggest obstacle? Leaders that prioritize big money and special interests. We need a representative focused 100% on the people of MD-6, and not on advancing their own personal profits. Someone willing to reject the corrupting influence of big money in Washington and stand up to insurance companies, big pharma, and corporate greed.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

Leadership. The right to choose, universal pre-K. Family leave. Climate. Voting rights. We need multiple up and down votes on each issue. Get everyone on record, over and over, voting against popular policies Americans want. A Congressional report after Hurricane Katrina was titled: A Failure of Initiative. Why are prescription drug costs still so high? Why do Americans still lack access to quality, affordable healthcare? Why is public transit to Germantown, Clarksburg, Frederick, and Hagerstown not prioritized? Why do we still allow members of Congress to trade stocks and own multi-billion dollar businesses while serving? A failure of initiative.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold its office?

I’ve dedicated my career to public service and putting people first. As executive director of a nonprofit, I’ve proposed and advocated for life-saving policy at all levels, engaged hundreds of members of Congress and staff, on both sides of the aisle, held agencies accountable, and cut through red tape and bureaucracy. I helped lead a campaign to protect Social Security from privatization. When my wife served as a U.S. diplomat, our family lived overseas in service to our nation. We need stronger advocates for the individuals and families serving our nation.

David Trone

Where you live: Potomac

Date of birth: Sept. 21, 1955

Current occupation and employer:

U.S. representative for Maryland’s 6th District since January 2019
Founder and CEO of Total Wine and More (Retired in January 2019)

Political experience:

U.S. representative for Maryland’s 6th District since January 2019.
Previously ran for U.S. Representative in Maryland’s 8th District in 2016.

Website: http://www.davidtrone.com

Email: david@davidtrone.com

Facebook: facebook.com/davidjtrone

Twitter: twitter.com/davidjtrone

Instagram: n/a

Why are you running for this office?

I believe that many of the serious issues facing our community can be solved with hard work, bipartisanship, and a long-term vision for our future. Whether it’s working to end the opioid crisis, improving access to mental health resources, or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve proven time after time what we’re capable of. We’ve achieved so much over the last few years — but there’s much more to be done. That’s why I’m running.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

Over 100,000 Americans died of an overdose last year. That’s 100,000 families who suffered the pain of losing a loved one to a totally preventable disease. They deserve better. This epidemic is more than just a public health crisis — it’s a threat to our economy and our national security, too. I’ve formed bipartisan working groups to come up with solutions to this problem. And we’ve passed several pieces of legislation (and introduced hundreds more) to stop the flow of drugs into and across our country and provide resources to those who are struggling. But we’re only getting started.

What is one criticism you have received while in office and what is your response?

Some people think that bipartisanship is a nasty word. I think it’s the only way we’re going to get things done in Washington. Substance use, mental health, and other challenges don’t discriminate based on political party. Neither should our response to them. I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to form the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, co-chair a commission to address synthetic opioid trafficking, and even lead the bipartisan effort to induct Curt Flood into the Baseball Hall of Fame. No matter this issue, I certainly won’t turn away anyone willing to work with me. 

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

From growing up on my family’s farm, to starting a business, and now having served in Congress for a little over three years, one thing has become clear: Competence, compassion, and civility are the keys to success. With this vision, we’ve passed legislation to curb substance use, improve mental health for those who are struggling, and invest in the next generation of Americans. But in Congress, as in business, I learned that constituent service is key. That’s why I opened four offices across the district and each year my team and I answer tens of thousands of requests for help.

Heba Machado Zayas (Information not submitted)


Colt Black (Information not submitted)

Matthew Foldi (Information not submitted)

Jonathan Jenkins (Information not submitted)

Neil Parrott

Where you live: Hagerstown

Date of birth: July 30, 1970

Current occupation and employer:

Small business owner of Traffic Solutions Inc., transportation engineer, founder and coach at Hagerstown Area Summer Swimming, and Maryland state delegate.

Political experience:

Husband, father, small business owner, and long-time swim team coach. Served on the Board of the Hamptons at Brightwood Homeowners Association. Founder of the Friends of Frederick Committee Inc. that defended the 10 Commandments Monument in Frederick. Founder of the Hagerstown Tea Party, which worked to maintain and expand our freedoms. Founder of MDPetitions.com that brought three bills to referendum, the first successful referendum effort in Maryland in over 20 years. Currently serving in my third term as a state Delegate for legislative District 2A.

Website: https://neilparrott.org

Email: contact@neilparrott.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parrottforcongress

Twitter: https://twitter.com/neilparrott

Instagram: https://wwwinstagram.com/parrottforcongress

Why are you running for this office?

People matter, and right now, American families are hurting – high inflation, struggling businesses, and battles over what children are taught in schools. During my 12 years in the Maryland General Assembly, I have a record of working for families, for faith, and for freedom. You don’t have to guess how I would vote in Congress. Our country is in trouble, and I plan to work for positive change.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

The population in Western Maryland literally decreased over the last 10 years as young people are moving away for other locations where jobs are plentiful. This shouldn’t be. We need to create an environment where new businesses want to relocate to Western Maryland and where younger families and can live and thrive in the area.

I will continue to support legislation that incentives people to work so that they will have increased self-worth and reduce substance abuse. I will also support policies that can bring manufacturing and other good-paying jobs back to our area.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

The price of gasoline and diesel are at an all-time high. In the state legislature, I voted to remove the automatic increase in the gas tax which will rise to over $0.40/gallon starting on July 1. Unfortunately, Democrat legislators stopped the tax relief.

We had energy independence before President Joe Biden took office, but because of Biden’s policies, we now rely on others for our energy needs. This costs more and is hurting lower-class and middle-class families every day.

Compounding the problem, David Trone voted to borrow trillions from China for excessive government spending that resulted in high prices on almost everything.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

Now serving my third term as a member of the House of Delegates, I listen to people and have been privileged to regularly help constituents. I was born in Bethesda, grew up in Maryland, became an Eagle Scout, a professional engineer, an MBA, and a small-business owner. As a husband and father of three, I care about people and work for practical, common-sense solutions.

Robert Poissonier (Information not submitted)

Mariela Roca (Information not submitted)