Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso (R–2nd District) confirmed to Glen Burnie Patch his plans to officially announce a bid for county executive in 2014. He will formally begin the campaign on Dec. 9 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie.
Grasso, an outspoken business man who has lived in Anne Arundel County his entire life, said he wants to bring a non-politician to the county executive's office.
"I'm a statesman, not a politician. What politicians do is announce in the last 24 hours that they're going to run," Grasso told Patch.
He said a big part of his campaign will be focused on how little he will take from taxpayers, and how much he will put back into the local communities. He says more personal devotion to creating budget space for the county will allow him to create sources of revenue without pushing for higher taxes.
"I'm going to probably be giving away a large portion of my county executive salary back to the people, just like I'm doing now," Grasso said.
Grasso first ran for county executive in 1986, but lost the primary in a close vote.
"I'm a self-made man. I have owned and operated businesses all my life, so I know what it takes to turn a dollar," Grasso said.
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