Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of profiles about candidates running for election in the 6th Congressional District.
John Delaney said he has a proven record of creating jobs — more than 1,000 of them in Montgomery County, Md.
Delaney said he has started two lending businesses, HealthCare Financial Partners and CapitalSource.
"I thought the big banks were ignoring smaller businesses," Delaney said.
Now, he is running for Congress in hopes of doing more.
"I think the unemployment situation in this country is really tragic," he said.
Delaney, a Democrat, sees himself as outside the sphere of entrenched politics, noting that "where Congress has failed is its inability to deal with its deficit." A mix of increasing revenues and decreasing spending is the only real solution, he said.
The new congressional district boundaries that the Maryland General Assembly approved recently move Delaney, 48, of Potomac, Md., within one block of the 6th Congressional District, yet still on the outside of it.
Members of Congress aren't required to live in the district they represent.
Delaney said the recent redistricting, which made the 6th District more friendly for a Democrat, inspired him to run.
Republican incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett has committed to seeking an 11th term. Robert Coblentz, Robin Ficker, Joseph T. Krysztoforski and Brandon Orman Rippeon have filed as GOP challengers.
Two other Republicans, state Sen. David R. Brinkley and former state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, have formed exploratory committees. Bud Otis, Bartlett's former chief of staff, also has lined up support for a possible campaign if Bartlett doesn't run again.
State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, Duchy Trachtenberg and Dr. Milad L. Pooran are campaigning on the Democratic side.
Asked why he didn't run in the 8th District, where he lives, Delaney said the district already is "well represented" U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, a Democrat.
Delaney has announced that he plans to run but, as of Thursday, hadn't filed his candidacy or formed an official fundraising committee, according to state and federal election websites.
Delaney said he comes from a blue-collar background. His father was a union electrician.
This year, he founded Blueprint Maryland, a nonprofit organization that analyzed Maryland's economic position and long-term outlook for jobs. He described the study and subsequent report as "a call to action to look at the future."
Delaney said he's in a good position to bridge the needs of employers and employees, without bending to special interests.
"I'm not going to say or do what I don't believe," he said.