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Arundel's Neuman set to kick off county executive campaign Thursday

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman is officially launching her campaign to keep the job, starting Thursday with a "dawn to dusk" tour of the county.

The tour will serve as the campaign kickoff for Neuman, who has made no secret she's running even though she hadn't officially launched her campaign.

The tour will take place almost exactly one year after Neuman was the surprise choice of the county council to replace John R. Leopold, who had resigned in the wake of his conviction of misconduct in office.

Neuman's campaign said she'll tour areas including Pasadena, Annapolis and south county.

Neuman is facing state Del. Steve Schuh in the Republican primary. The two have repeatedly battled over stormwater fees in recent weeks. Neuman has chided Schuh for voting for a state law that requires urban and suburban jurisdictions to charge a fee to pay for stormwater projects. Schuh, in turn, says Anne Arundel's fees are too high and should be lowered or tied to a corresponding property tax cut.

The Democratic primary will feature a matchup between George F. Johnson IV, a former county sheriff who lost to Leopold in 2006, and Joanna Conti, who lost to Leopold in 2010.

The deadline to file to run is Feb. 25. As of Monday, Schuh, Conti and Johnson had filed their candidacy paperwork, but Neuman had not. She has a campaign committee that has been raising money.

The primary election is June 24, with early voting from June 12 through June 19.

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