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Sen. Barry Glassman to announce bid for county executive

Harford State Sen. Barry Glassman will announce his candidacy for county executive on Saturday at an event for which tickets have already sold out, according to Glassman.
Harford State Sen. Barry Glassman will announce his candidacy for county executive on Saturday at an event for which tickets have already sold out, according to Glassman. (Photo by Leo Heppner, The Aegis)

State Sen. Barry Glassman will announce his plans to run for Harford County Executive during a large, sold out event in Level Saturday.

More than 1,000 tickets have been sold for the event, and Glassman said in a news release Tuesday that it "now figures to be the largest that the village of Level has ever hosted."

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The campaign announcement will be made at 6 p.m. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Level Fire Hall and will feature live music from Dean Crawford & the Dunn's River Band, as well as a full bull roast menu.

Ticket sales have been closed for Glassman's "Coming Home" announcement and no tickets will be sold at the door.

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Tickets were $35 each. Glassman said the event will also have sponsors for $2,000 and $4,000.

"I am truly humbled by the support that the citizens of Harford County have shown me, and I can't wait to share my vision for the future of this great county with them on Saturday," Glassman said in the release.

A Republican, who first joined the Senate in 2008, Glassman, 51, represents northern Harford County (District 35). He started out on the Harford County Council in the 1990s and has long been discussed as a possible county executive candidate.

Glassman was raised in the Level area, where he joined the Level Volunteer Fire Company at age 16. He lives in the Darlington area and maintains his family's sheep farm along with his wife and son. He is a Havre de Grace High School graduate and holds a B.A. degree in political science from Washington College, according to his legislative biography.

Glassman retired last year from his position as a utility claims representative with Baltimore Gas & Electric Company.

No one has signed up to run for county executive yet, according to the Harford County Board of Elections. Candidates could file beginning April 9 for the 2014 gubernatorial and county executive races.

Off-site overflow parking and shuttle service will be available for the event at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, at 3600 Level Village Road, and at the Helping Hands Ministries Church, at 3237 Level Road. Signs will direct attendees to these locations.

"The village of Level has played such an important part in my life, and there was no other place where I would consider making this announcement," Glassman said in his release. "We'll have hundreds of enthusiastic supporters in attendance, and I can't wait to share my vision for the future with them and with the citizens of this great county."

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