Monday, November 14, 2011

Democratic Businessman Joins 6th Congressional District Race // John Delaney Forms Exploratory Committee


Businessman John Delaney Announces Exploratory for Maryland 6th Congressional District
Entrepreneur, Who Has Helped Finance Nearly 5,000 Small To Medium Sized Businesses,
Would Bring Progressive, Real World Experience to Job Creation Efforts

Democratic businessman and entrepreneur John K. Delaney announced today that he is forming an exploratory committee for the newly created 6th congressional district.

"I’m not a professional politician," said John Delaney. "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.  The level of unemployed and underemployed in this country is tragic and is, by almost any measure, the most important issue of the day.”

The son of a union electrician, John founded two New York Stock Exchange listed public companies before the age of 40, each based in Montgomery County, and in the process created thousands of new jobs and helped finance nearly 5,000 small to mid-sized companies.

Most recently, John decided to take his expertise and bring it to neighborhoods across the country by forming a cooperative of community banks whose mission is to pool the resources of smaller banks across the United States to create the economic and intellectual scale needed to compete against the big banks.

“I know that small businesses and startups are too often ignored by the big banks," Delaney said.  "One of my professional goals has been to provide expertise and access to capital that gives the entrepreneur a fighting chance to grow and succeed – particularly those companies that are creating the high quality jobs of the future. While I believe in the free market, I also know that government has a central role in creating the right environment for creating long term, sustainable jobs."

Wanting to take his experience and passion as a job creator to communities across Maryland, John founded Blueprint Maryland, a non-profit focused on fostering private sector job creation in the state, particularly against the concerning backdrop of reduced federal spending in Maryland.  In this regard, John was one of the early voices in the State to speak to the need to invest in balancing our Maryland economy towards growth areas such as alternative energy and high value manufacturing.

Delaney has been called a “progressive businessman”; beyond his professional activities, his non-profit work has emphasized education, justice and equality issues.  John and his wife April are particularly well known for their support of a range of activities that promote public interest law, including endowing a professorship and funding scholarship and debt relief for students who pursue the field.  This work is designed to support efforts in civil rights law, civil liberties law, environmental protection, international human rights, consumer protection, poverty law, employees’ rights, national security, gay rights, education law, election reform, children’s rights, disability law, and many other areas.

John is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University as well as the National Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School, the immediate past Chairman of the Board of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Center for Research for Women.

John is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center.  He was delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention and served as a Trustee for the Maryland Democratic Party.

John is married to April McClain Delaney, an attorney who is a Director of Commonsense Media, one of the nation’s leading non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.  John and April reside in Montgomery County with their four daughters.


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