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Angelis to run for executive again in 2006

Republican Tom Angelis will again run for county executive in 2006, he announced this week.

The 57-year-old Baltimore high school teacher, former police officer and former county recreation and parks director lost in the Republican primary last year to former Del. Phillip D. Bissett.

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Bissett won 64 percent of the vote. Angelis, who lives in Davidsonville, took 36 percent.

Del. John R. Leopold, also a Republican, has announced the formation of a steering committee and intends to run. Bissett might also run again.

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Sheriff George F. Johnson IV, a Democrat, also has expressed interest in running.

Angelis said yesterday that his biggest hurdles last year were a lack of money and lack of name recognition.

"Three years gives me enough time to get my name out there," he said.

Reblican Central Committee Vice Chairman Erik Robey said yesterday that "credible candidates" seek to meet with their party's governing body before announcing a run for office. Angelis did not contact the committee, Robey said.

Angelis responded yesterday, "I work with all Republicans. If they were disappointed I didn't advise them, they should have let me know before my announcement, because there were indications I was going to run."

Term limits will force County Executive Janet S. Owens from office in 2006.


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