Harford County Council President Patrick Vincenti said he plans to run for a second term as council president in 2022, rather than seek the office of county executive, while Councilman Chad Shrodes has registered to run for clerk of Harford County Circuit Court.
Vincenti, a Republican, was first elected to the county council as a representative for District E in 2014 and gained the council presidency in 2018.
He decided against running for county executive, despite being asked by many to seek the office, because of family and personal considerations, he said Tuesday in an interview. He still runs a decoy carving business in the county and had discussed the possibility of running for county executive at length with his family before making a decision.
“I’m flattered and honored to be asked to possibly consider seeking a higher office, but again, thinking about what’s best for us at this current time, I think I still have work to do at the council,” he said.
Though he is not running for county executive this year, Vincenti said there is “always room for discussion of the future.”
While Vincenti will make a bid to stay on as the council president, Shrodes filed to run for the clerk of circuit court on April 6, meaning he will not run for his longtime seat representing the northern portion of the county on the council in 2022.
Shrodes has been a councilman for District D since 2006, and said he has largely done what he set out to do. He pointed to the coming expansion of broadband in the northern reaches of the county, agricultural preservation programs, providing tax credits for seniors and veterans, and fighting against Transource Energy’s bid to build approximately 3.1 miles of power lines in northern Harford as goals achieved.
“I’m ready for a new challenge,” he said. “Basically, what it comes down to though is that all the things I set out to accomplish as a councilman, I have done, so I feel comfortable moving on.”
But Shrodes said he is most proud of his service to constituents during his time as a councilman. He said he is inundated with calls from people with questions or a problem they want fixed, and he will keep answering them even if he is not a councilman.
“I know people are always going to call me,” he said. “I’m not going to stop helping people.”
Michelle Karczeski, a lifelong Harford resident, is also running for clerk of the circuit court.
A Republican, Karczeski is seeking to become the first woman elected to the post in Harford County. She is the founder, owner and president of SETA Consulting in Bel Air, which provides project management, help desk and IT consulting support services to Maryland courts, according to a news release announcing her candidacy.
Incidentally, the only candidate to file thus far for Shrodes’ council seat is the current clerk of court, James Reilly, according to campaign finance disclosures.
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Two others have filed for seats in on the county council, Aaron Penman and Jean Ann Wilson, both running as Republicans in District B, currently represented by Joseph Woods.