Craig expected to name Eastern Shore legislator as his running mate

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Harford County Executive David Craig has chosen an Eastern Shore delegate as his running mate for lieutenant governor.

Craig is expected to announce his selection of Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio at two news conferences scheduled for 10 a.m Tuesday in Annapolis and 5 p.m. in St. Michaels.

The selection of Haddaway-Riccio was confirmed Friday morning by Craig campaign spokesman Jim Pettit.

Craig could not be reached for comment. In an interview earlier in the week, however, Craig said he was anxious to make the selection of a running mate and predicted his choice would add good balance to his ticket.

According to a biography on her personal website, Haddaway-Riccio, 36, was born in Easton and has lived in the St. Michaels area and in Talbot County all her life. The daughter of a waterman father and banker mother, she graduated from St. Michaels High School and from Salisbury University with a major in political science. She owns a graphic design and web design company called Dragonfly Designs and has been married to Joseph Riccio since 2005.

Haddaway-Riccio was appointed to a vacancy House of Delegates by then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich in 2003. She won full terms in 2006 and 2010. She serves on the House Economic Matters Committee and also had served as House Republicans' assistant minority whip. In addition to Talbot County, her district includes parts of Caroline, Dorchester and Wicomico counties.

Craig, a Havre de Grace resident who has served as Harford's County Executive since 2005, is one of two announced GOP candidates for governor along with Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George. Craig said this week he expects at least one or two other Republicans could enter the race for the nomination.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor and has already chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate. Attorney General Doug Gansler is also expected to enter the Democratic primary.

Maryland's gubernatorial primary elections will be held on June 24, 2014.

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