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Anne Arundel: Center of the GOP primary universe

On Saturday The Sun's Pamela Wood wrote about the release of the questionnaires completed and submitted to the County Council by now County Executive Laura Neuman and Del. Steve Schuh during last year's process to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Leopold.

This story just highlights what an interesting year we are going to have in Anne Arundel County.

 Red Maryland is fortunate in that two of us, both myself and Greg Kline, live in Anne Arundel County. We have experienced what it is like to be part of a competitive primary election process. Our last competitive county executive primary, in 2006, was a very interesting affair which split the vote several different ways among a number of established candidates. Ultimately John Leopold won the primary with 36.7 percent of the vote.

This race is going to be far different, with a one-on-one contest between two extremely well-funded candidates who have their own bases of support. We've sat down and had long-form interveiws with both County Executive Neuman and Delegate Schuh on the Red Maryland Network, and we are familiar with both of these candidates. It stands to be the most competitive, most expensive county Republican primary in state history. It's a race to keep an eye on.

With the County Executive race, hotly contested Republican primaries are on the horizon in Districts 31B and 33, and with two gubernatorial candidates who are county residents, there is going to be a lot of primary election activity here in Anne Arundel County. Stick with Red Maryland for extensive coverage of all the happenings. 

--Brian Griffiths is a co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, which has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007. He is chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans. and has worked on and advised numerous local, state and federal campaigns. His Red Maryland posts appear here regularly.

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