Leopold readies run for county executive


Republican John R. Leopold, a five-term state delegate from Pasadena, is taking the first steps toward a bid for county executive in 2006.

Leopold, 60, said yesterday that he would not comment on his candidacy until today. But he has launched a Web site, www.johnleopold.com, that lists a 55-person steering committee.

The banner of the site: "Delegate John Leopold for County Executive."

The former Hawaii state senator and representative has served as a Maryland delegate for all but one four-year term since 1983. He was re-elected in November as the leading vote-getter from District 31.

The current county executive, Janet S. Owens, will be forced out by term limits in 2006.

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