Biggs to make County Council bid

April 23, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON

Christopher J. Biggs formally announced his candidacy for the Harford County Council as a Republican representing Joppatowne and Edgewood, pledging to increase the community's presence while combating gang activity and pressing for property tax relief.

Biggs, a former aide to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs who works for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, is seeking to unseat Dion F. Guthrie, the only Democrat on the council. In November, Biggs demanded an apology after Guthrie took down campaign signs for Biggs that were posted near a home where Guthrie was holding a fundraiser.

In a letter posted on his Web site, Biggs criticized the council, saying it has been unresponsive to the community's needs.

He said the council has failed to improve schools and ignored its responsibility to protect children vulnerable to gang activity.

"Governor Ehrlich and Senator Nancy Jacobs are putting the state on the right track," he wrote. "The Harford County Council, in contrast, is not sticking to common sense principles."

In 2002, Guthrie defeated a 12-year Republican incumbent by a slim margin. Biggs will face Paula R. Mullis, president of Harford County Republican Women, in the primary.

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