Mike Blizzard is a Republican candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates District 34A. (August 6, 2013)

Frustrated by a lack of solutions from Annapolis and Washington, D.C., longtime Harford County resident Mike Blizzard, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 34A covering Harford County's Route 40 corridor.

Blizzard, a Havre de Grace resident, filed as a candidate earlier this summer. He said in a campaign announcement Tuesday that he has worked in higher education for more than a decade in Harford County, and has been a fixture on the sidelines as a head coach in girls basketball programs in high school and the collegiate level. He has also been a local business owner in the county, saying it gives him a diverse background to head into political service to the southeastern portion of Harford County.

According to his campaign website, http://www.mikeblizzard2014.com Blizzard is a member of Central Christian Church, as well as a member of the Republican Club of Harford County and Maryland Right to Bear Arms. He and his wife, Kristin, will celebrate their ninth anniversary this year. Blizzard is the father of four children, Jacqualyn, Nicole, Lindsay and Nolan.

"We are all about solutions. Most people don't care where they come from or which party came up with them; they just want solutions to real problems we face," Blizzard said in the announcement. "In Maryland we face very serious economic problems. We have an economy that is taxing private citizens and businesses out of the state. The Maryland economy is dependent upon government funded jobs."

"The problem is government spending cannot continue at this pace for much longer before long overdue necessary cuts in government spending begin to paralyze the states economic viability," he said. "We need a strong business climate in Maryland that is competitive with our neighboring states to stop the fleeing of Maryland businesses and entice new companies to want to relocate in the Free State. I want to work with everyone in Annapolis to seek solutions to our problems without partisan politics hampering our progress. Most people just want solutions wherever they come from. That is who I represent."

Standing at 6 feet, 8 inches, Blizzard said he is asking voters to "Stand Tall" with him in Annapolis and is running "on a formula that inspires every single Marylander to get involved in the process and let your voice be heard in the State House."

"We owe it to the next generation to leave them the American Dream that we grew up with," he said. "It is not too late to change the direction of our state and nation. We have faced deeper troubles in our past and together we have always found a way to come out stronger when we worked together. I want to be part of the solution that brings all of us a future we can look forward to and a past we can look back on proudly."