An Annapolis resident who sought to represent Ward 6 in a 2019 special election is taking a second run at the City Council seat.
George Gallagher, who ran as a Republican two years ago, has filed his candidacy with the city. The Board of Supervisors of Elections will consider his candidacy certification on Thursday along with Kati George of Ward 2 and an Annapolis Democratic Central Committee Ward 2 candidate, Joshua Falk.
Gallagher will focus his campaign on reining in city spending and the size of the city’s bureaucracy.
“The bottom line is I think that this City Council has mismanaged both the budget and the bureaucracy over the last less than four years,” Gallagher said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s really not a partisan issue. It’s about reducing the size and cost of government.”
Gallagher said he would push to consolidate city and county services to save costs and explore why some departments’ budgets have grown in recent years.
A former planning commissioner in Irvine, California, Gallagher said he would use that experience to meet with city staff and colleagues to map out long-term solutions to the city’s problems, such as how to improve its transit system.
“It may take two years to get to the point where you have a good idea,” Gallagher said.
In 2019, following the departure of Ward 6 representative Shaneka Henson to the Maryland House of Delegates, Gallagher entered the special election at the prompting of neighbors. He won the Republican nomination in the primary but was defeated by a strong write-in campaign from Alderman DaJuan Gay, D-Ward 6, then a college student.
Gay has yet to announce plans to run for his first full term. The deadline to file is July 26.
Gallagher previously served as the president of the Irvine Conservancy and focused on preserving coastal open space. He also has experience as a biotechnology consultant.
He has lived in Annapolis with his family since 2001 after moving from California.
More information about the 2021 city elections can be found at https://www.annapolis.gov/1702/2021-Elections-Information.
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