Albert J. Craemer, who will oppose Delegate Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, Baltimore, for the House of Delegates District 5B seat, announced Tuesday he will run as a Republican rather than as an independent.
Craemer said he has been selected as a nominee by the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee, replacing Brenda Ann Strohmer, who resigned.
He said he will register as a Republican on Monday, the first day voter registration books are to re-open after the Sept. 11 primary.
"Having a party affiliation will be a big help to me," he said.
Craemer, a 53-year-old resident of Owings Mills, Baltimore County, has never been affiliated with a political party before, saying he didn't expect to become involved in politics.
He collected signatures from at least 3 percent of the registered voters in District 5B to qualify as a candidate.
Craemer, who owns a beauty salon in Randallstown, Baltimore County, said he will meet with the Carroll County Republican Central Committee on Thursday night to discuss his candidacy in the Nov. 6 election. He said chairman Donald Taylor expressed support for his candidacy as the central committee's nominee.
Craemer said he decided to run for public office during the last General Assembly session following an argument with LaMotte over a bill that would have deregulated the cosmetology industry.
He has emphasized the need for improved child care, vocational education, comprehensive health insurance and drug law enforcement in his campaign.
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