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Harford executive Craig to make gubernatorial announcement

Harford County Executive David Craig plans to formally announce his bid for Maryland governor this coming Monday, June 3.

The initial announcement will happen at 9 a.m. at Craig's Congress Avenue home in Havre de Grace.

Following the Havre de Grace announcement, Craig, a Republican who has held a variety of elected offices over the past 37 years, will make a series of stops around the state.

He will stop at American Legion Post 38 in Baltimore and Bulls & Bears in Hagerstown later in the day on June 3; at Corcoran Caterers Inc., in Silver Spring and the Calvert County Courthouse in Prince Frederick and the city dock in Annapolis on June 4; and then make stops at the Wicomico County Government Center and Tidewater Inn in Easton on June 5.

Craig's gubernatorial campaign notified the media of his announcement plans and travel itinerary on Wednesday.

Craig, who will turn 64 on June 12, has served as Harford's chief executive since July 2005, winning election campaigns for the post in 2006 and 2010. He has also served in the Maryland House of Delegates and State Senate and as mayor of Havre de Grace and on the Havre de Grace City Council.

Craig already has a campaign website,, which focuses on some of his recent accomplishments in Harford, including a new waste disposal deal with Baltimore County and holding the county tax rate steady.

In addition to keeping a lid on property tax rates, Harford has maintained a high AAA rating on its bond debt over the past three years of Craig's administration.

Craig and his staff have also received accolades around the state and across the United States for the way Harford has managed the base realignment process that has brought thousands of government and civilian jobs to Harford in connection with Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Before becoming county executive, Craig was a teacher and assistant principal with Harford County Public Schools for 34 years. Craig is a native of Havre de Grace and a graduate of Havre de Grace High School and Towson University and has a master's degree from Morgan State University. He and his wife, Melinda Blevins Craig, have three children and eight grandchildren.


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