Carroll County government's landscaping and forest conservation manager is expected to announce today that he will enter the race for county commissioner.
Neil Ridgely, 44, has scheduled a news conference this afternoon at his home. He is expected to outline his reasons for running and his positions on some of the issues.
Five other people have declared their candidacies. All three seats on the Board of County Commissioners will be up for election.
The others running are:
* Incumbents Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy, who announced their candidacies in November.
* Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, who also announced in November.
* Charles Stull, 60, who lives near Deep Run and is office manager of the county Department of Parole and Probation. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Baltimore and received a master's degree there in criminal justice in 1976. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
* Richard T. Yates, 69, a retired federal employee and World War II veteran who lives in Eldersburg. He served on the county charter board in 1992 and ran for the commission in 1990, finishing fourth.
Mr. Ridgely has been a county employee for five years, the past two as landscape and forest conservation manager, the previous three as plans reviewer for the county landscape ordinance.
Before joining county government, he owned and operated landscaping and grounds management company and a small, specialized nursery in Carrollton.
Mr. Ridgely opened the latter after opting for a career change from the vehicle reconditioning business he had operated in Cockeysville.
Mr. Ridgely serves on four municipal tree commissions in Carroll County. He belongs to the Maryland Nurserymen's Association, the Professional Grounds Management Society and the Artists-Blacksmiths Association of North America. Blacksmithing is one of his hobbies.
Mr. Ridgely is a 1967 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Finksburg.
The third incumbent Carroll commissioner, Julia W. Gouge, has said she will run for a House of Delegates seat in District 5.