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Washington County Chamber of Commerce welcomes U.S. Rep. Delaney

January 09, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • U.S. Rep. John Delaney speaks with Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday during a welcoming reception for Maryland's newest member of the House of Representatives.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

Geoff Bricker said one of the reasons he came to Potomac Walk on Wednesday night to meet newly elected U.S. Rep. John Delaney was so he could ask the Democrat why he left the private sector.

“He was making millions of millions of dollars,” Bricker said of Delaney’s work as a financier.

Bricker was among about 140 people who attended the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce welcoming reception for Delaney, who defeated 10-term U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., in the Nov. 6 general election.

Bricker, who works for Aerotek, a national staffing company on Leitersburg Pike, said he could imagine being attracted to running for public office, but not if he ended up owning an investment company.

Delaney, representing Maryland's 6th District, just happened to touch on Bricker's question.

Standing part way up a staircase to address the crowd below, Delaney said he didn’t run for Congress because of business.

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Delaney said he wanted to be in Congress to stand up for “classic American values. That really at the end of the day is why I wanted to do this,” Delaney said.

Delaney said he believes that God gives everyone some talent and some years. Then some obstacles are thrown in and it’s up to the person to make a life out of it.

Delaney reflected on the people he met in his campaign and how he learned about the challenges and issues they are facing in their lives. Delaney said he is looking forward to continued dialogue with his constituents and he said he is indebted to the people of Washington County.

“I promise I will carry it with me in my heart,” Delaney said of his campaign experiences with voters.

Delaney won Washington County, which is traditionally a Republican stronghold.

The Chamber of Commerce holds receptions for newly elected officials to welcome them to the community, said Chamber president Brien Poffenberger.

Wednesday’s reception was held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Delaney arrived about 5:30 p.m.

Delaney slowly made his way through the crowd, shaking hands with well-wishers and posing for photographs.

Lynn Duncan of Hagerstown said she was anxious to meet Delaney and tell him “well done. We’re delighted he won,” Duncan said.

Wallace Lee, who is development director for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, said he always considers it an honor to meet an elected official, whether they are Republican or Democrat.

“Because eventually they work for all of us,” Lee said.

Delaney commented on the “terrific crowd” and talked about the local office he plans to have on

Washington Street. Delaney said the local office and one in Gaithersburg, Md., will be his two main “anchor” offices.

Delaney was appreciative of the support he received during the election and said “we felt like our friends and supporters really bubbled up around us. It’s something we take very seriously.”

Delaney said communities that have the highest standard of living are the ones where the business community and government work well together. He continued to talk about the importance of issues such as fiscal responsibility and investment in infrastructure and education.

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