Republican gubernatorial hopeful Del. Ron George pledged Friday not to raise any taxes if elected.

“Our economy will not grow unless our citizens and business can keep more money to spend and invest as fits their needs,” George said in a statement announcing his pledge. George challenged other candidates to make a similar promise to taxpayers.

The Annapolis jewelry store owner is a two-term delegate and father of six hoping to secure the Republican nomination. If successful, his bid for the governor's mansion would be unprecedented - no other politician has jumped directly from the House of Delegates to the govenor's office.

George is one of two declared Republicans in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat. Harford County Executive David Craig is also running for the Republican nomination.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is the only Democrat who has declared his candidacy.