County Executive Neuman to Visit South County Businesses on Thursday
County Executive Laura Neuman will be touring businesses around the county Thursday, including several in Southern Anne Arundel County. The effort is part of her ongoing election campaign.
Neuman was appointed as County Executive after then-County Executive John Leopold was suspended from holding public office and later resigned (in Jan. 2013) after an indictment and conviction for misconduct for using his county-provided security detail to investigate and derail political opponents.
Neuman was appointed in February of 2013. This is her first run for County Executive. She will likely face Republican Del. Steve Schuh in the primary on June 24. For the November 4 General Election, she’ll meet the winner of the Democratic primary, most likely former Anne Arundel County Sheriff George Johnson IV now that Anne Arundel Cares founder Joanna Conti has withdrawn from the race (see note at bottom).
Neuman will start her Thursday (Feb. 20) tour by visiting a few businesses in Pasadena and Glen Burnie. At noon, she’s expected at the Elks Lodge on Pythian Drive in Edgewater for a non-campaign speech. At 1:15 p.m., she’ll tour Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, and after a run up to Gambrills, she’ll be back in South County for a 4 p.m. tour of Christopher’s Fine Foods in Shady Side.
Update (2 p.m. Feb. 19): Joanna Conti just announced that she has withdrawn from the County Executive race. Here is Conti’s email:
CONTI WITHDRAWS FROM COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE
“When you start on a multi-year quest, you don’t know what obstacles life will throw in your way. Unfortunately, several challenges have come to a head in my life recently, and I need to withdraw from the County Executive race and focus on the needs of my husband and family.
It has been a pleasure and privilege to meet and work with so many terrific people during this journey. I plan to continue to be involved in efforts to improve our schools, clean up our rivers and help local nonprofits as time permits.
I am pleased that George Johnson is in the race to ensure that the needs of our families and public employees are well-represented.”
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