As Democrats rush headlong into Republican districts in an effort to flip enough seats to take control of the House this fall, some less glamorous - but equally important - work is being done on the ground in districts where a bit of defense must be played. The National Republican Congressional Campaign has a list of their own targets - districts that Democrats must hold in order to keep the hill they need to climb in November from becoming a mountain.
One of these seats is the open Maryland 6th, where Democrat John Delaney has decided to run for president instead of re-election. Delaney had to survive a scare in 2014, but bounced back to defeat Republican Amie Hoeber by 16 points in this D+6 district in 2016. Hoeber is the favorite to win the GOP nomination again this year, and while the Democrat that emerges from a crowded primary field on Tuesday will be a favorite to represent the district in Congress, it is important to choose a candidate that not only has the campaign to hold the seat, but will effectively represent the district in DC.
To that end, LEAP Forward is proud to have endorsed Maryland State Del. Aruna Miller as the best candidate to take on Hoeber in November.
Miller immigrated to the United States in 1972, the daughter of an engineer who came to the country alone and studied, worked, and saved to eventually bring his family from India as well. Now a civil engineer herself, Miller won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, and, if elected in November, would be the only female member of the Maryland delegation to Congress.
She has put together an impressive campaign, leading the 8-person Democratic field in fundraising and garnering endorsements from national figures like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Pramila Jayapal. She also has an impressive contingent of her colleagues in the state legislature in her corner, including state Assembly Speaker Michael Busch.
During her time in Annapolis, Miller has been a consistent and passionate proponent of gun safety legislation, and has a comprehensive platform she wants to bring to the debate in Washington, including support for a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks. Maryland's Assembly is far beyond the federal government when it comes to background checks, ensuring schools remain gun-free zones, and closing loopholes related to gun show sales and straw purchasing, and Miller has fought these fights already. She would be a powerful voice for gun safety voters in Congress