By Blair Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org
8:18 AM EST, February 19, 2013
The Chief Executive Officer of Howard County's Economic Development Authority might be taking her business experience to Anne Arundel County.
Laura Neuman is one of 16 Republican candidates vying to become the new Anne Arundel County Executive, a position that became open when Republican John Leopold resigned Feb. 1 after being found guilty of misconduct in office. The Anne Arundel County Council is expected to make a decision on Leopold's replacement at their meeting Thursday night in Annapolis. The new county executive will hold the position through the 2014 election.
Neuman, an Anne Arundel County resident for 21 years, said she has been disappointed in the "lack of leadership" in the county over the last several years and believes her business experience would benefit the county.
She believes that "integrity needs to be restored to the position" and that she has a lot to offer the residents of Anne Arundel County.
"I really care about this county and it can benefit from strong leadership," she said.
Applicants for the $130,000-a-year county executive position were required to fill out a five-page questionnaire and complete a financial disclosure form by Feb. 15 in what Neuman called a "comprehensive" application.
Neuman has served as the Economic Development Authority's CEO since April 2011 after a business career serving public and private sectors.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said that Neuman would make a "first-class county executive" and that Howard County's loss would be Anne Arundel County's gain.
"Her background as an entrepreneur and executive, along with her management skills, leadership and vision, make her an ideal candidate for the position," Ulman said in a statement. "At a time when the economy is our most important priority, Laura would bring a laser-like focus on business growth and adding jobs to Anne Arundel County."