Bissett concedes Arundel race

September 15, 2006

Former state Del. Phillip D. Bissett conceded victory yesterday to Del. John R. Leopold in the Republican primary for Anne Arundel County executive and said he was leaving politics.

"After 32 years of dedicated public service, I announce my retirement from public life," Bissett, 50, said in a statement after the final tally came in. "My family and I want to wish Anne Arundel County all the success it deserves."

Bissett was the Republican nominee for county executive in 2002, but lost by 4 percentage points to Democrat Janet S. Owens. He stepped down as head of the MARC train service last year to run for county executive.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Leopold had 37 percent of the vote compared with 31 percent for Bissett and 25 percent for state Del. David G. Boschert. Two other candidates trailed well behind.

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