1 In, 1 Out Of Mayoral Race

July 26, 2009|By Olivia Bobrowsky | Olivia Bobrowsky,olivia.bobrowsky@baltsun.com

Just months away from Election Day, candidates are still jumping in and out of Annapolis' mayoral race. Tuesday night, Republican candidate Frank Flyntz canceled his campaign and Democratic candidate Laurie Sears Deppa kicked hers off.

Flyntz said Wednesday morning that his reasons for dropping out are "personal." Sears Deppa, a small business owner and 12-year Annapolis resident, said she had planned to declare her candidacy eight months ago but got tied up in the process of donating a kidney.

Sears Deppa will be the seventh Democratic candidate vying to replace Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, who is serving her second and final term. A former Republican, Sears Deppa switched parties in April when she found herself out of sync with conservative Republicans.

Flyntz's departure leaves David Cordle as the only Republican candidate. Cordle works as chief criminal investigator for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office and coordinator of the Witness Security Program.

Flyntz, a 36-year Annapolis resident, is a Vietnam veteran and a former Naval Reserve captain. Sears Deppa was also in the Navy, where she served in Operation Desert Storm. She was honorably discharged in 1993, and then worked in Columbia before she moved to Annapolis.

She said she's confident in her campaign despite her late start. Other Democratic candidates joined the race more than a year ago. Flyntz, for example, announced his intentions early last July.

"I'm going to start doing everything I can between now and Sept. 15 to show Annapolis that just because I'm late doesn't mean I'm not a viable candidate," Sears Deppa said, referencing the approaching date of the Democratic primaries. "I already have a Web site, shirts made, signs made. I'm already talking to people and out there in the neighborhood."

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