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Blueprint Maryland’s Delaney exploring congressional run

John Delaney, the Montgomery County businessman behind Blueprint Maryland, is considering a run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the freshly redrawn 6th Congressional District.

Blueprint is Delaney’s roadmap to move Maryland beyond its dependence on federal largess.

“Old Maryland was about government jobs,” the Blueprint draft report states, “but the new Maryland’s job opportunities are still in question.”

Delaney has formed an exploratory committee to look into the congressional run and, not surprisingly, job creation is at the top of his would-be to do list.

“I’m convinced that if we stay focused on creating jobs, embrace ideas that put the middle class first and involve the public and private sector to get things done, we can make a positive difference in people’s lives,” Delaney said in a statement announcing his interest Monday. “The level of unemployed and underemployed in this country is tragic and is, by almost any measure, the most important issue of the day.”

A run in the 6th would potentially put the finance executive up against state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, and former Montgomery County Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the incumbent Republican.

In the Blueprint report, Delaney writes the focus for Maryland is shifting: “And while old Maryland continues to regard Baltimore City as an important center of power and politics, new Marylanders are looking towards the D.C. suburbs and the [Interstate] 270 corridor which have seen tremendous growth.”

The report also calls for the education and workforce training system in Maryland to be better aligned with the needs of employers, points out the need for more transportation infrastructure spending and criticizes the regulation and bureaucracy that oversee business in Maryland.