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Republican gubernatorial candidate and Harford County Executive David R. Craig announced Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R) as his running mate.
Craig announced his choice in Annapolis on Tuesday morning and was scheduled to do so again in St. Michaels on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from his campaign.
Craig introduced Haddaway-Riccio as a small-business owner who understands the state’s small towns and rural areas, and represents people who struggle to fill their gas tanks, save money for college and pay their mortgages, according to a campaign source.
Haddaway-Riccio, 36, of Newcomb represents District 37B, which includes portions of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Caroline counties, and has served in the General Assembly since 2003.
She served as House minority whip from 2011 to 2013 with Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s), who was the minority leader.
In April, House Republicans decided on Dels. Nicholaus Kipke of Pasadena and Kathy Szeliga of Perry Hall as their new leaders, replacing Haddaway-Riccio and O’Donnell.
Craig is the second gubernatorial candidate to announce a running mate. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) selected Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) as his running mate in early June.
Del. Ronald George (R-Anne Arundel), who also is making a run for the governor’s office, said he’s looking at a group of about five potential running mates, including a delegate and a state senator, but isn’t in any hurry announce a choice.
“It’s a little early,” George said, adding that he’s making his third tour of the state since he began his campaign last month.
Craig is expected to attend a Charles County Republican Central Committee mixer at Mexico Restaurant in White Plains on Friday evening.