Guzzone will not run for Howard County executive

Democrat Guy Guzzone said Thursday he will seek a seat in the state legislature in 2014, removing him from the list of speculative candidates to succeed Ken Ulman as Howard County executive.

"I considered it, believe me," Guzzone said about a county executive run.  "I feel like I've had some good success down here (in Annapolis) in the past couple years. It's where I feel I can do the most good."


Guzzone, who considered running for county executive in 2006, added the decision to not run for county executive was "what I felt was best."

While he has ruled out county executive, Guzzone, who has been a House of Delegates representative for District 13 since 2007,  has not decided whether he will run for re-election in the House or pursue the District 13 Senate seat, which will be vacant following Sen. Jim Robey's retirement.


Guzzone, 49, said the same factors that went into his decision regarding county executive will affect his decision in the legislature.

"Where I feel I can do the most good, that has always been the underlying point to consider," Guzzone said.

Guzzone said another factor was the prospect of continuing to serve with fellow District 13 representatives Dels. Frank Turner and Shane Pendergrass.

"Being a part of that team is pretty important," Guzzone said.

Other speculative candidates for the county executive seat are Democratic County Council members Courtney Watson and Calvin Ball and Republican District 9 Senator Allan Kittleman.