Delegate Harkins announces plans to run for Harford County executive

November 05, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Harford County Delegate James M. Harkins announced yesterday that he will run for county executive, hoping to replace lame-duck County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, who is running for governor.

The 43-year-old Republican from Whiteford is the second candidate seeking to replace Rehrmann. Harford County Sen. David R. Craig also has said he plans to run for the GOP nomination.

Harkins, who held a cocktail party at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood last night to announce his candidacy, has served as a member of the House of Delegates for the past seven years and is on the House Judiciary Committee.

A married father of two young daughters, Harkins works as a sergeant with the Harford County Sheriff's Office. During the last Republican National Convention, Harkins gained national attention in a video profiling a handful of delegates from across the country.

Known for his expertise on law enforcement issues, Harkins also characterizes himself as a "strong supporter of tax reductions for Maryland citizens."

In a statement yesterday afternoon, Harkins vowed to campaign in every area of the county. "The future of our county is too important," his release said. "This campaign gives me the opportunity to discuss our future with as many citizens as possible."

Harford County, which has in recent years has been transformed from a bedroom community to a fast-growing area, has a strong Republican base of voters. The County Council is all Republican.

Pub Date: 11/05/97

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