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.