Hardware Store Owner, Former Alderman Running For Annapolis Mayor


Democrat Jared Littmann on Tuesday formally announced that he is running to be the next mayor of Annapolis. City Hall is pictured above. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - A hardware store owner and former alderman formally announced Tuesday that he is running for Annapolis mayor.

Jared Littmann, a Democrat, owns K&B True Value on Forest Drive with his wife. Littmann also represented Ward 5 on the City Council from 2013 to 2017.

Littmann hopes to replace term-limited Gavin Buckley (D), who has been mayor since 2017. The primary is scheduled for September 2025. The General Election is on Nov. 4, 2025, The Capital reported, noting that Littmann is the first candidate in the mayor's race.

"I like to present myself as someone with this experience, this education having done these different things," the 51-year-old Littmann told The Capital, "so that when the unknown thing that we aren’t talking about today [happens], you’ll have somebody that is thoughtful and has the experience and is prepared to handle those unpredictable situations."

Littmann was raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Annapolis in 2010. He previously worked as an engineer and a lawyer.

Littmann has served on several citizen advisory groups, including the Resilience Authority Board, the Ward Boundaries and Redistricting Task Force and the Audit Committee.

Littmann said he's an environmentalist, pointing to the 220 solar panels on his hardware store that run it completely on renewable energy.

The Capital reported that Littmann was appointed to the City Council in 2013 after Mathew Silverman resigned three years through his term. Littmann was later elected to a full four-year term, and The Capital said he didn't seek re-election to encourage a Hispanic candidate to run.

Littmann told The Capital he sponsored more than 50 pieces of legislation adopted by the City Council. He said his proudest were a bill to combat deforestation and another to protect Spanish speakers from having to disclose their immigration status when reporting a crime to the police.

Littmann's three campaign talking points are resilience, responsiveness and efficiency.

On resilience, Littmann wants to prevent crime, improve affordable housing options and tackle climate issues.

"We must build communities that are resilient to the impacts of climate change, with a lens on equity and justice," Littmann's website says.

As for responsiveness, Littmann plans to prioritize customer service. He wants city agencies to quickly respond to the concerns of residents and businesses.

"We need a City government with a culture of getting to yes (not no)," the campaign website says. "Time is money. We need to ensure that City staff has the support needed, with best practices in place, to operate effectively and efficiently."

Littmann's efficiency plans for outside-the-box government funding and operations. He proposes using grant funding and partnering with businesses and nonprofits.

"We need to achieve maximum productivity with minimum expense," the website says. "We must be fiscally responsible, manage risks, and take advantage of available grant support."

Littmann held his campaign kickoff event Tuesday evening at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center.

A live stream of the event is posted here. Littmann's speech starts around 21:45. A photo gallery from The Capital is viewable here.

Residents can learn more about Littmann's platform by visiting jaredforannapolis.com.

Voters can also read The Capital's full interview with Littmann here.

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