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Anne Arundel County delegate Ron George formally kicks off his campaign this evening in Annapolis for next year's Republican nomination for governor.
It's been a busy week already for next year's gubernatorial election, and Ron George is taking credit for it.
"Things were moving slow until I said I was going to be announcing in June," George says. "Then you had Anthony Brown decide he better do it in May. And then when I said I was going to do it June 5, then David Craig said he would do it June 3. I'm putting a plan forward. I'm not just saying I'm running and business is hurting. Because we already know that."
Unlike his chief competitor for the GOP nomination at this point — Harford County executive David Craig — George is putting forth more detailed policy plans. He wants to cut many of the taxes that have been raised under current governor Martin O'Malley.
"The most regressive tax that is going to hurt us, and will hurt us as we compete with other states is this increase in the gas tax," George says. "I'm going to repeal this increase to the gas tax."
Another thing that would get cut: the amount of time George would be at his Annapolis jewelry store. But he'd still get there occasionally, in part because he'd actually be closer to it, since it's just yards from both the statehouse and the governor's mansion.
"Gov. O'Malley liked to play the guitar and sing at bars," George says. "And you'd see him at the Irish pub a few doors down from my store in the afternoons having a beer. For me, it's sitting at the bench, designing and creating jewelry."
George and Craig headline the Republican field right now, but at least five others are also considering whether to run.