Westminster's Ready makes re-election bid official

Del. Justin Ready, a Westminster Republican, announced his intentions to seek a second term in the House of Delegates Sunday at a campaign kick-off event at Sandymount Park in Finksburg.

In a news release sent Monday morning, Ready stressed his opposition to higher taxes and increased spending in Annapolis.

"I'm running so that I can continue to stand strong for our values and fight to turn Maryland away from the destructive policies of the last several years," he said in a statement.

Ready said his goal is "to be a leader who listens."

"What I've heard from our community is that we must reform and change the way Maryland operates," he said. "That's been my focus in my first term and will continue to be where I put my efforts if reelected."

Ready will face a crowded field in District 5 in 2014.

Redistricting has caused Carroll County's four Republican incumbent delegates to be lumped into one three-member district. District 5 now covers all of Carroll except for Mount Airy and areas south of Liberty Road.

Incumbent Del. Susan Krebs announced her intent to seek reelection Sept. 5, and Donald Elliott also has said he plans to seek reelection. Del. Nancy Stocksdale has not announced her intentions.

Carroll has been represented in Annapolis by four delegates from three districts, 4B, 5A and 9B.

But Carroll residents living in Mount Airy now will be represented by District 4, a predominantly Frederick County seat, and county residents living south of Liberty Road will be represented by District 9A, a predominantly Howard County district.

Joshua Stonko, a 20-year-old Manchester resident, and Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker have also entered the District 5 race. Both Shoemaker and Stonko are Republicans.

Ready is a public relations and communications consultant.

The 2014 primary is June 24 with the general election scheduled for Nov. 4.

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