Gubernatorial candidate Rushern Baker backs David Trone in Maryland's competitive House race

David Trone, the Democratic businessman running in Maryland’s open 6th Congressional District, was endorsed Monday by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

Baker, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, first connected with Trone after he saw a television ad from his 2016 campaign that focused on Alzheimer’s disease and funding for the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health. Baker’s wife suffers from the disease, as did Trone’s father.

“Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is personal for both David and me,” Baker said in a statement released by the Trone campaign. “I know he will fight every day in Washington to protect funding to eradicate this horrible disease and be a fierce advocate for the values and issues that matter to working families in Maryland.”

Trone is running in a crowded field of candidates for the Democratic nomination that includes 2010 nominee Andrew Duck, pediatrician Nadia Hashimi, aerospace executive Christopher Hearsey, state Sen. Roger Manno and Del. Aruna Miller. The race has drawn extra attention because incumbent Democratic Rep. John Delaney is not seeking reelection.

The 6th District includes portions of Montgomery and Frederick counties as well as the state’s westernmost counties. It was competitive in 2012, when Delaney unseated a veteran Republican following a redistricting, and again in 2014. Republican candidates include Amie Hoeber, the GOP nominee in 2016; Kurt Elsasser; nurse Lisa Lloyd; and Bradley St. Rohrs.

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