ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Del. Ron George says he will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

In a statement Friday night, George said he would announce his campaign for governor on Wednesday in Annapolis. George says he will focus on creating a new business environment in Maryland for small businesses to thrive.

The 59-year-old Anne Arundel County Republican has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2007. He was a businessman for 40 years and has owned his own jewelry business.

On Monday, Harford County Executive David Craig is expected to announce his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Craig has scheduled an announcement for his gubernatorial bid in his front yard in Havre de Grace, followed by a tour around the state.

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