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Ron George to launch GOP bid for governor

Ron George to launch GOP bid for governor

Del. Ron George, a two-term state legislator from Anne Arundel County and Annapolis Main Street jeweler, will take the political leap of his life Wednesday night as he announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

George said Tuesday that he will offer voters a detailed plan to improve Maryland's business climate and its ability to compete with other states. He said his record of 40 years in small business will give him an edge on his rivals in the campaign to succeed Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

"I'm a social conservative, but my focus is more making government work, and work in a way...