Samorajczyk gives endorsement to Johnson

March 03, 2006|By PHILLIP MCGOWAN | PHILLIP MCGOWAN,SUN REPORTER

Anne Arundel County Sheriff George F. Johnson IV added to his list of Democratic endorsements this week by picking up the support of County Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk, an outspoken opponent on growth who had pondered her own run for the county's chief executive post.

Samorajczyk, a Democrat and two-term council member who is prohibited from seeking a third term, made her announcement before a crowd of 50 people Wednesday at the Arundel Center, according to a Johnson campaign news release.

Johnson, a Pasadena resident, is building his campaign around the themes of improving communication and consensus-building. He picked up the endorsement of 11 current and former North County officials in December.

Samorajczyk, who represents the Annapolis area, said that "while no two people agree on every issue, George and I share common values. That is why I am endorsing him today."

Johnson spokesman Mike Rendina said: "It's very early, and it's not typical for folks to endorse this early. ... I think it speaks volumes to the kind of county executive he can be."

The other declared Democratic candidate for executive, county recreation and parks director Dennis Callahan, said his campaign would be undeterred by the endorsements.

"It's apparent to me that George is trying to get himself anointed by surrounding himself with politicians," said Callahan, a former Annapolis mayor. "It didn't work for Diane Evans and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and I don't think it will work for George Johnson."

phill.mcgowan@baltsun.com

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