An Annapolis fire battalion chief is running for Maryland delegate in 2022.
John Ortlieb, a 16-year veteran of the Annapolis Fire Department, has formed an unofficial exploratory committee to run for one of two District 30A House of Delegates seats representing Annapolis, he said.
Ortlieb, a self-described moderate Republican, would campaign on public safety, fiscal responsibility and improving education in the county, he said.
“I think we have an opportunity to show, especially here locally with the success of Gov. Hogan, that moderate Republicans are not bad people, just like Democrats are not bad people,” Ortlieb said in an interview. “I think a lot of it comes down to just having a conversation and understanding where people are coming from … and maybe through the discussion we can come to a common ground to work forward.”
Ortlieb announced his candidacy to the Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee on Wednesday, his campaign manager Kate McNealey said.
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Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ortlieb moved to Annapolis in 2004 to join the city Fire Department. After a handful of promotions, he became battalion chief in 2017. He now lives in Hunt Meadow, a community in Ward 5.
The current District 30A representatives, Dels. Shaneka Henson and Dana Jones, are Democrats. Both were appointed to their seats; Henson in 2019 following the death of Speaker Mike Busch and Jones in 2020 after Alice Cain resigned. District 30 state Sen. Sarah Elfreth, also a Democrat, is up for reelection next year as well.
With 16 months until Maryland’s primaries on June 28, 2022, candidates for other races in Anne Arundel County have begun to declare or announce exploratory committees.
Two Republicans have entered the county executive’s race for a chance to challenge incumbent Democrat Steuart Pittman.
The deadline for candidates to file for the 2022 election is Feb. 22.
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