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Delegate to run for commissioners’ president and vice versa

By JEFF NEWMAN

Staff writer

Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly and Del. Peter F. Murphy will attempt to trade posts in the 2014 election, with each deciding in recent days to run for the other’s current office.

Kelly (D) confirmed Friday — exactly three months after she announced she would not seek public office in 2014 — that she has decided to run for delegate, but that her decision was contingent on Murphy (D-Charles) not seeking re-election.

“When I knew he wasn’t going to run for the House of Delegates, I decided I would very much like to give that a try,” Kelly said. “A lot of it has to do with my temperament. I really enjoy that research, policy-driven sort of work.”

Kelly also spoke about Murphy’s intentions to run for commissioners’ president, a move local political observers have speculated on for months. She said she “absolutely” would not have run for delegate had he not chosen to run for board president.

“His attitude was, if you’re not going to run, I’m going to run for commissioners president, and I was like, if you’re not going to run for delegate, that’s something I would very much like to give a try,” she added.

When reached by phone Friday afternoon, Murphy declined to comment on his campaign plans.

Commissioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II (D) has filed to run for board president, along with Republican candidate Tom deSabla of La Plata.

Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) endorsed both moves on his Facebook page Friday afternoon.