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Glassman Makes Comptroller Bid Official

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (R), shown here at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in 2019, is running for comptroller. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (R) filed to run for comptroller at the Maryland State Board of Elections in Annapolis on Monday, making his bid to become the state’s first Republican comptroller in more than a century official.

Glassman, who launched his comptroller campaign in April, said in a Monday statement that his candidacy “will ensure that all of Maryland’s taxpayers and businesses will have an experienced, independent voice as their Comptroller.”

The term-limited Harford County executive acknowledged his path to become Maryland’s top fiscal officer would be an “uphill climb” when he announced his candidacy last month. Maryland hasn’t had a Republican comptroller since Phillips Lee Goldsborough, who held the office between 1898 and 1900.

Glassman previously headed up the Maryland Association of Counties and served as a state delegate and senator — and hopes his high reelection margin in Harford County will translate onto the statewide stage.

“I think I’ve shown in 30 years that I have the ability to attract Democrats, independents, Republicans, in a broad coalition,” Glassman said in April. “Folks are always looking for their comptroller to be a moderate.”

He won reelection as county executive with 67% of the vote in 2018.

Glassman is currently the lone Republican making a bid for the comptroller seat. Announced Democratic contenders include Bowie Mayor Timothy J. Adams (D) Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City).

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