Democratic candidate for Maryland’s sixth district expects full recovery
David Trone, Democratic candidate for Maryland’s sixth congressional district and co-owner of Total Wine and More, said in a statement Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
Trone, 62, said in a statement Monday that an abnormal test result led to doctors discovering a tumor on his urinary tract in June. Trone said his prognosis is good and that he plans to undergo chemotherapy treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and will miss a few days of campaigning.
“The treatment team members believe my prognosis is positive,” Trone said. “They say I may miss a few days of the campaign immediately after the surgery, but nothing will interfere with my being fully engaged as a candidate and as a member of Congress after the recovery.”
Trone, a resident of Potomac, is running to replace Rep. John Delaney, who announced in January 2017 that he plans to run for president, forgoing another term in Congress. After defeating Delegate Aruna Miller (D-15) and State Senator Roger Manno (D-19), Trone will face Republican Amie Hoeber in November’s election.
Trone’s doctor, Phillip Pierorazio, said the cancer is localized and that he fully expects him to recover. In addition to chemotherapy, Trone will undergo surgery, so doctors can remove his kidney.
“The cancer is localized, and the treatment has been aggressive,” Pierorazio said. “The chemotherapy has reduced the size of the tumor, and we foresee no complications from the upcoming surgery to remove the kidney.
Over the past few years, Trone has made a name for himself as businessman turned candidate for office. In 2016, Trone ran for Maryland’s Eight Congressional District, but eventually lost to Jamie Raskin.
Raskin, a cancer survivor, offered his support for his former opponent.
“I know David Trone to be a great businessman, a visionary philanthropist, and a fiercely committed and competitive Democrat,” Raskin said. “As a cancer survivor of eight years, I know how tough this is going to be for David and June and their family. But I also know he’s tough as nails and will come through this stronger than ever.”
In the 2016 election, Trone spent approximately $13 million of his own money in what was the most expensive congressional election campaign in the country.
Now Trone is running for the sixth district, and said his cancer prognosis will not stop him from continuing his campaign for Congress.
In a press release Monday, many of the biggest politicians around the state expressed their support for Trone, as he begins to undergo chemotherapy.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, like many Democrats around the state, said he hopes Trone makes a full recovery.
“David has been a good friend to Montgomery County, beating every challenge he’s faced to build a successful business that supports countless Marylanders,” Leggett said.