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Harford Co. Executive Barry Glassman passes on Senate run

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, a former state lawmaker who briefly flirted with a run for the Republican nomination for Senate, has announced he will forgo a campaign in favor of remaining in his current job.

"I have been flattered by all the folks from around the state -- my fellow sheep farmers, friends -- who have called or written to urge me to run for Congress or ... U.S. Senate," Glassman said during a state of the county address on Tuesday, according to prepared remarks. "But most of you who know me well, know that I have always dreamed of being county executive since my days as a scrawny farm boy.

"Some dreams are fleeting; others meant to last a while," he said. "So I guess what I am trying to say is, I am not quite ready for this dream to be over."

Glassman is a Havre de Grace native elected to his current post in 2014. He captured support from 8 percent of likely GOP voters in a Baltimore Sun-University of Baltimore poll conducted in November, trailing House of Delegates Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, a Baltimore County Republican, and Richard Douglas, a former Pentagon official who ran for the GOP Senate nomination in 2012.

The Republican race also features Chrys Kefalas, a former aide to Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Several Republican and Democratic candidates are running for the seat that will be left vacant by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's retirement in 2017. The primary is April 26.

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