Because Anne Arundel County's best-known Democrats have been reluctant to commit to a race for county executive, the first declared Democratic candidate for the post is a political newcomer.
Cpl. Larry Walker, a county police officer, said yesterday he will file to run for county executive tomorrow. A 24-year veteran of the force, Corporal Walker lately has been involved in community relations and drug education.
If elected, Corporal Walker said he would concentrate on paring bureaucracy and improving county services. "Government, itself, is just too big, too costly and too slow to respond," he said.
He opposes expansion of the detention center at Jennifer Road near Annapolis, preferring an industrial site elsewhere, and also would focus on solving the county's solid waste problems.
Corporal Walker, 47, is a resident of Annapolis. He also runs Walker Aviation, a charter company he started three years ago with two six-seat planes serving executives. He is the father of a 24-year-old daughter and has a 3-year-old grandson.