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David Craig Narrows Choices for 2014 Election

The Harford County Executive said he will continue his political career after he finishes his second term.

Harford County Executive David Craig confirmed Friday that he plans to run in the 2014 election. Exactly which office he will pursue, however, is unclear.

The Republican told Patch his intent right now is to get organized.

“I’m running for something in 2014,” said Craig, who will be term-limited after finishing his second stint as the county’s top elected official. “I’m always looking at the future. My windshield is bigger than my back window.”

Craig’s website has had a graphic in the upper left corner for weeks that says “CRAIG 2014” with a Maryland flag on top. His Facebook page has linked to stories with headlines of “MD 2014 Watch: David Craig” and “Harford County Executive Craig could be laying groundwork for 2014 gubernatorial bid.”

Craig has also been on a statewide media tour as of late, making appearances on WBAL, ABC2News, WCBM radio and at 7:30 p.m., he will be on MPT’s State Circle. In an impromptu interview before the recording for Friday’s show, he told Patch he is considering a run for governor, comptroller and to a lesser extent Congress.

"My interests run toward the executive [branch]," said Craig, who downplayed his interest in the House of Representatives. “I think it’s safe to say I won’t be running for council president."

Craig lives in Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District. Democrat C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger is in his fifth term representing that area.

Craig also announced a series of statewide GOP candidate training schools earlier this year.

Russell August 12, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Perhaps it is a better time to be worried about overseeing your duties here in Harford County rather than travelling the state. It seems that many of your workers have gone years now with stagnant or depreciating wages, the roads are nowhere near ready for the ongoing BRAC development, and County Government buildings are literally falling apart around your workers. Your county - a wonderful place notwithstanding - is in a fiscal and infrastructure mess - and you are more worried about a gubernatorial run three years away. If you cannot manage to pay your own employees and keep your own infrastructure intact here in Harford County, why should we trust you to run a state???
Joe McCarthy December 02, 2011 at 07:21 AM
Love to see dave run for gov and get his but kicked! What the bad job he did in Harford will make him a good gov,HA! Please,please,please run we need a good laugh!
Colonel227 February 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Clearly it's time for some fiscal conservatism in Maryland. O'Malley and the other Dems ignore any thought of cost control and simply raise taxes and fees. As of today Maryland has the fourth highest tax rate for retrieves and it will only get worse. I hope more fiscal conservatives from both parties take a leadership role and reverse this trend.
Penelope Patch August 24, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Be careful with that big windshield of yours, Mr. Craig, and focus on your current duties at hand. It is outrageous that you would take a bunch of your cronies to Ocean City for MACo and use the time to campaign on the taxpayers dime. Those of us who have gone done there know exactly what it is -- a great big party at the taxpayers expense, which is why I stopped going. The best thing you could do for the County is to retire quietly. And by the way, no one likes a cry baby and giving ultimatums about the rebuilding of Havre de Grace High is very unprofessional.
Augusta Christensen November 16, 2012 at 09:22 PM
We also have the highest incomes in the country, the best roads, the best schools, and a lower unemployment rate than the national average. Clearly, the O'Malley administration has been a disaster.

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