Despite speculation he would run for Harford County Executive or even Harford County Council in 2010, Sheriff L. Jesse Bane appears to be on the verge of announcing his plans to run again for the office he won in 2006.
The Fallston resident was one of the only Democrats to win elected office in Harford County in 2006, when he defeated Republican Norm Cochran, but there has been persistant rumbling – almost since he was elected – that Bane might have his eyes set on another prize.
The political rumor mill had Bane alternately running for the Harford County Council District B seat or challenging David Craig for County Executive. Those whispers were silenced recently when it became known Bane would announce his re-election plans during a fundraiser Thursday at the Maryland Golf and Country Club.
Bane’s impending announcement not only takes some of the speculation out of the county executive and county council races in 2010, it also will shake up what was expected to be a crowded ballot of candidates running for sheriff.
No fewer than 7 candidates, most Republicans, have already started laying the groundwork for a run at the county’s top law enforcement position.
Among those rumored to have interest in running for sheriff are Roger Sheets formerly of the Baltimore County Police Department, former sheriff candidates Norm Cochran and Dave Tritt, Nick Paros formerly of the Maryland State Police, Jeffrey Gahler of Maryland State Police, Aberdeen Police Capt. Ken Cox, Jack Meckley of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and recently retired Sheriff’s Office Maj. Steven Bodway.