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Campaign announcement not early, Craig says

Despite the primary election being a year away, Harford County Executive David R. Craig said there was no sense in waiting to declare his candidacy for governor.

Craig, a Republican, said Monday he’d been mulling a run for the state’s top elected office for about two years. He said last October he was “99 percent” certain he would run for governor, but that a formal announcement wouldn’t come until the General Assembly session concluded and Harford County’s annual budget was finalized.

“The fact that they changed the primary to June (from September) changes the whole chronology of the election,” said Craig, who is term-limited in Harford County. “We need to make these decisions early.”

Del. Ronald A. George, an Anne Arundel Republican, is expected to announce his candidacy on Wednesday. The next big announcement could be from Craig, who said he would decide on a running mate by the end of this month.

Depending on that person’s preference, Craig said he’d like to announce the identity of his pick for lieutenant governor in July. He narrowed the potential field of candidates a bit on Monday, saying that his running mate would have to be someone who had already served in elected office.