2021 | Politics

Trone, four others have filed to raise money for Sixth District race in 2022

Plus: Republicans celebrate remodeled headquarters; Takoma Park native enters gubernatorial race

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Trone, other potential District 6 candidates show varying degrees of fundraising

U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-Potomac) and other Sixth District hopefuls in 2022 show varying levels of fundraising, according to federal election data.

Trone, who was first elected in 2018, has announced he is running for re-election next year. He currently has a little less than $36,000 cash on hand, Federal Election Commission data shows. 

One other Democrat and three Republicans have active fundraising campaigns for 2022 in the Sixth District.

Democrat Aruna Miller, a former delegate representing western Montgomery County, lost to Trone in the 2018 Democratic primary. She currently has a little more than $224,000 cash on hand. 

Neil Parrott, a Republican delegate in Washington County, lost to Trone in the 2020 general election, then filed paperwork for the 2022 race. Parrott currently has about $123,000 cash on hand.

Jonathan Jenkins of Rockville, a software engineer for government agencies and Fortune 500 companies, has announced that he’s running for Trone’s seat. He currently has about $700 cash on hand. 

Robert Poissonnier of Cumberland, a retired law enforcement officer, currently shows no money raised.

Republicans celebrate remodeled headquarters

Montgomery County Republicans held a grand reopening on Sunday to celebrate their remodeled headquarters.

The headquarters is at 15833 Crabbs Branch Way in Rockville.

More than 100 people attended, according to Republican Chairman Reardon Sullivan.

Sullivan wrote in an email that volunteers “worked to clean, paint and recarpet the 20-year-old building.”

Moore announces gubernatorial run

Takoma Park native Wes Moore announced on Monday that he is running for governor next year.

Moore launched his campaign with a nearly three-minute video detailing his humble upbringing in Baltimore, his Army service in Afghanistan and his work as CEO of the Robin Hood foundation, a nonprofit fighting poverty nationwide.

According to a news release, Robin Hood distributed more than $600 million to help lift families out of poverty during Moore’s four years as CEO. His announcement focused heavily on creating a more level playing field for people, no matter where they start on the socioeconomic ladder.

Moore joins a crowded field of Democrats in the primary. So far, the following candidates have declared:

  • Comptroller Peter Franchot
  • Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler
  • Rushern Baker, a former Prince George’s County executive
  • John B. King, who was Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama
  • Jon Baron, a former nonprofit executive
  • Ashwani Jain, a former official in the Obama administration
  • Mike Rosenbaum, a businessman in Baltimore

Two Republicans have declared: Kelly Schulz, the state’s secretary of commerce, and Robin Ficker, a former delegate for northern Montgomery County and longtime activist and candidate. 

County’s redistricting commission to meet 

The county’s Commission on Redistricting on County Council districts will meet Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed on the Montgomery County Council’s Facebook page.

County voters last November approved a charter amendment adding two County Council members to the council and increasing the number of council districts from five to seven. Four at-large districts will remain.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the commissioners will set guidelines for drawing the new districts along with setting up a schedule and overall strategy to solicit input from the public. 

It will be the commission’s fifth meeting as a body. It first met in February.  

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com