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Del. Ron George has picked Shelley Aloi, a former Frederick city alderwoman, to be his running mate in the GOP race for governor.

George made the announcement at the Maryland Inn on Tuesday morning, the final day for candidates to file for the June 24 primary election.

The Arnold Republican said he and Aloi would file with the State Board of Elections later in the morning, after the House of Delegates adjourns.

Aloi, who has been a teacher and medical researcher and is now as banking analyst, ran for mayor of Frederick in 2013. She was on the board of aldermen from 2009 to 2013.

George said Tuesday he chose Aloi from a list of candidates who have committed themselves to "a life of empowering others through service and volunteerism."

"We represent a new wing of the Republican Party," George said. "One that is fiscally conservative and solution-oriented, one that welcomes Democrats and Independents who are searching for a new direction, one that will address the needs of all Marylanders."

Aloi is a resident of Frederick. The 53-year-old is the outgoing vice chairwoman of the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee for the Greater Washington Area Council of Governments.

She was also on the Maryland Municipal League Convention Planning Committee from 2012 to 2013.

She worked at Fort Detrick's National Cancer Institute-Frederick Cancer Research Facility, where she was the first person in that program to cultivate the AIDS virus in tissue cultures. She also was the director of an Olympic Village for seven nations in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.

Aloi is also a martial artist and volunteers teaching karate lessons. George called her a "fighter," citing her ranking in the past as "the No. 1 female fighter" by Karate Illustrated.

As part of his "10-point promise," George has said he would lower the corporate income tax rate and cut the state's income tax 10 percent across the board.

Aloi told reporters Tuesday that businesses were struggling in Frederick because of the "alcohol tax, gas tax, cigarette tax, just to name a few."

"We have to look at the tax structure in a way that it's not burdening businesses, so they're not viable anymore," Aloi said.

George and Aloi are one of five tickets in the race for the Republican nomination for governor in Maryland.

On Monday, Charles County businessman Charles Lollar named Kenneth R. Timmerman, a longtime investigative reporter and conservative political activist, as his running mate.

Timmerman is an author and conservative political activist. He was the GOP's nominee in Maryland's 8th Congressional District race in 2012. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen won that election with 63 percent of the vote to Timmerman's 33 percent.

Edgewater real estate broker Larry Hogan chose Boyd Rutherford as his running mate in January, and Harford County Executive David Craig has been running for months with Del. Jeannie Haddaway, R-Talbot.

Baltimore County Republican Brian Charles Vaeth has tabbed Gerald Duane Davis as his running mate.

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