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6th Congressional District concerned about unemployment, standard of living, candidate says

John Delaney hosted a picnic at Fairgrounds Park Sunday where he met with supporters

June 10, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, left, was in Hagerstown Sunday afternoon to support 6th Congressional District candidate John Delaney, right, at a barbecue lunch for at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

More than 130 people attended a picnic hosted Sunday afternoon by congressional candidate John Delaney at Fairgrounds Park.

Delaney, a Democrat, is running against Roscoe G. Bartlett, the Republican incumbent for the 6th Congressional District.

Among those supporting Delaney was U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, also a Democrat, who said he stopped at the picnic on his way to Cumberland, Md., for the Heritage Days Festival.

“We all know how terrible the unemployment numbers are in this country and we’re all very concerned about the trends,” Delaney told the crowd.

Delaney said he also was concerned about the average standard of living, which has gone down for two decades.

“For reasons that are not clear to any of us, our government really hasn’t been able to do anything about it,” he said.

To some extent, that is due to people not working as a community for the common good, he said.

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The government has had “its will bent by the narrow few, which is very unfortunate,” Delaney said.

Delaney, 49, lives in Potomac, Md., within one block of the 6th Congressional District, but still outside the district. Members of Congress are not required to live in the district they represent.

District 6, whose boundaries were recently changed, now includes Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties, the City of Frederick and part of southern Frederick County, and the western half of Montgomery County, including Gaithersburg.

Delaney is board chairman for CapitalSource, a lending business he started, and is chairman of Alliance Partners, a consortium of small banks that pulls its resources to compete with major banks for bids, campaign staffers said.

Mary Zombro, 84, of Hagerstown, said she was supporting Delaney because he was a Democrat.

Aaron Smith, 25, and his wife, Stephany, 21, came to the event with their two young sons after they met a woman in a clothing store who was talking about Delaney and sent an email to Aaron Smith about the event.

“I already voted for him in the primaries,” Aaron Smith said. “I already know a little about him, but I’d like to meet him.”

Smith said he wanted to talk to Delaney about immigration and education issues, including what programs Delaney would bring to Washington County for toddlers and elementary school-age children.

The couple’s sons are 2 years old and 9 months old.

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