2 Republicans to run for Annapolis mayor

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has his first challengers for this fall's election.

Two Republicans have announced they're running for mayor: Bob O'Shea and Mike Pantelides.

"I am not letting Josh cakewalk into the mayor's position," said O'Shea, a business consultant who has lived in Annapolis for 13 years, first in the downtown historic district and more recently in Murray Hill.

O'Shea, who had also considered running for alderman before settling on the mayoral race, said he wants to give voters a different choice than Cohen, the incumbent Democrat.

His top issues include redevelopment at City Dock, making government more efficient and dealing with underfunded pension plans for city government retirees.

O'Shea is planning a public announcement of his candidacy on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Annapolis native Pantelides is planning his announcement for Thursday.

In a statement, Pantelides said he intends to propose no new taxes and to institute a hiring freeze until he reviews all city government departments.

"I will be a Mayor who guides the city with fiscal discipline, environmental security, responsible growth and above all putting our citizens first," said Pantelides, who works in government relations.

Cohen, who is in Ireland on a trip to promote tourism, is expected to run for re-election.

The filing deadline for Annapolis elections is Aug. 5. The primary election is Sept. 17 and the general election is Nov. 4.

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