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George ready to formally enter governor’s race

Del. Ronald A. George is poised to formally join the field of contenders for Maryland governor Wednesday evening with an announcement in Annapolis.

Owner of Ron George Jewelers in Annapolis and Severna Park, the second-term Anne Arundel Republican plans to focus on expanding small business, growing the private sector and reducing business taxes in an announcement speech that he’s calling a “10-point promise.”

“It’s a plan to bring back economic growth to this state. It’s a plan for increasing our tax base, because right now it’s not as it should be,” George said Tuesday. “There’s no reason Maryland should be behind other states in job growth.”

His list of promises includes plans to lower the unemployment insurance tax and corporate income taxes while focusing on an outcome-based evaluation of education and mandating independent audits of every state agency.

George will become the third candidate this week to make a major campaign announcement. On Monday, Harford County Executive David R. Craig started his campaign for the Republican nomination and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown officially announced Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate.

George said his announcement would be different than others, because he was planning to provide details of several policies he would push as governor.

“I have a lot of experience from the private sector to the government sector and I also have ideas,” George said. “I’m going to be putting a lot of ideas forward.”