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Grasso To Announce Bid for County Executive Next Weekend

The councilman says he will run on a campaign of fiscal discipline and initiative.

Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso (R–2nd District) plans to officially announce a bid for county executive in 2014. He will formally begin the campaign on Dec. 9 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie.

Grasso, an outspoken business man who has lived in Anne Arundel County his entire life, said he wants to bring a non-politician to the county executive's office.

"I'm a statesman, not a politician. What politicians do is announce in the last 24 hours that they're going to run," Grasso told Patch.

Grasso may already have competition for the Republican nomination. Dan Bongino, a Severna Park resident and former Republican candidate for Maryland's U.S. Senate seat, announced last week he was considering a run for county executive.

Bongino said he will likely make an announcement in January.

The Capital Gazette also reported on several other potential candidates, including Del. Steve Schuh (R-Pasadena) and state Sen. Ed Reilly (R-Crofton).

County Executive John Leopold is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

Grasso said a big part of his campaign will be focused on how little he will take from taxpayers, and how much he will put back into the local communities. He says more personal devotion to creating budget space for the county will allow him to create sources of revenue without pushing for higher taxes.

"I'm going to probably be giving away a large portion of my county executive salary back to the people, just like I'm doing now," Grasso said.

Leopold has returned each of his automatic pay raises since 2009 for a total of $18,432.49, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Grasso first ran for county executive in 1986, but lost the primary in a close vote.

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