County Executive Candidate Stephen Wright Killed in Single-Car Bel Air Crash (UPDATED)

Stephen Wright, president of the Route 40 Republican Club and a candidate for Harford County Executive in this fall’s election, was killed in a single-car crash on Wheel Road in Bel Air Thursday evening, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

Wright, 50, of Churchville, was the sole occupant of a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee which struck a utility pole along the 500 block of Wheel Road in Bel Air, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell.

A preliminary investigation by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit determined that Wright’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Wheel Road at “a normal rate of speed,” when it went off the right shoulder of the road and struck the pole.

The vehicle’s driver and passenger side airbags deployed, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but “there were no indications the driver was wearing a seatbelt.”

A 911 call was received at 6:53 p.m., Worrell said, and witnesses began CPR on the scene. Wright was transported from the scene to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center at approximately 7:30 p.m., where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, witnesses at the scene of the accident said Wright, who suffered from diabetes, appeared to be having “possible medical issues” and said he was not speeding or swerving to avoid anything in the road.

On his Facebook page, “Wright for Harford County Executive,” Wright wrote, “I will be attending the Harford County Right to Life Meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m., at the Abingdon Public Library located at 2510 Tollgate Road, Abingdon, MD. I am pro life, because, in particularly, of the uniqueness, sanctity and value of human life.”

It was unclear whether Wright was en route to or from the event. He contacted The Dagger at 6:39 p.m., minutes before the accident, and left a message in which he said he had to “duck into a meeting” at 6:45 p.m.

Traffic was detoured on Wheel Road between Laurel Bush Road and Patterson Mill Road for approximately two hours while repairs were made to the utility pole.

The office of County Executive David Craig was informed of the situation Thursday evening, and issued a statement on Friday morning.

“This is a very sad day for [Wright’s wife] Krista as well as Steve’s daughters Meagan, McKenzie and Katie,” Craig said in the statement. “My wife Melinda and I grieve at the loss of a friend we have known for over 25 years and we extend to Steve’s family our deepest sympathies. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Republican Central Committee of Harford County Chairwoman Kim Wagner praised Wright’s dedication to the party.

“I’m absolutely stunned,” Wagner said. “Steve was a very hard worker for the party, he had very strong beliefs and he was a conservative through and through. He was someone who followed through on his beliefs, he’s got a lovely family, I’m going to pray for them tonight.”

County Councilman Dick Slutzky said he had known Wright for more than 25 years.

“I’m sad for Krista, his children and his family,” Slutzky said. “It’s a shock, it’s incredible.”

Viewings are scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McComas Funeral Home on Cokesbury Rd. in Abingdon. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at St. Margaret Catholic Church on Hickory Ave. in Bel Air, with interment at Bel Air Memorial Gardens on Rock Spring Rd. in Bel Air.

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Walker

Comments

  1. Paula Mullis says

    The Harford County Republican Women send their deepest sympathy to Krista Wright their children and the Wright family.

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  2. Senator Nancy Jacobs says

    I feel sick to my stomach. Bruce and I are in shock. We lived next door to Steve’s mom and dad in Aberdeen when he was in his 20’s. His heart was in the right place. He had a strong sense of justice and felt strongly about protecting the innocent.

    I am really going to miss Steve. He has done so much to help build the Republican party in Harford County.

    This is a sad night. Our sympathy to Krista and the Wright family.

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  3. Don Murphy says

    I don’t even remember when or where I first met Steve. In politics, that’s just the way it is. I’ll always remember Steve as one of the very few people in politics who weren’t mad at me for supporting their opponent. In 2008, when we were putting together our slate of Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention, Steve Wright did not make the cut. He didn’t whine about it. He ran anyway and beat our slate. He was a valuable hardworking member of our Delegation. He never once complained or rubbed it in our faces. In politics, that’s just NOT the way it is…

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  4. Delegate James King says

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wright family! Steve was a wonderful person, he will be greatly missed!

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  5. Andrew Langer says

    Steve was one of those great rarities in party politics: a truly genuine person. Always ready with a smile that truthfully told you that he was really glad to see you.

    I met Steve early on in my activism in Maryland, and always had fun just hanging around with him at events. Smart, encouraging, and savvy in an understated way.

    He will be missed, and my heart goes out to his wife, kids, and other family members.

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  6. Tony McConkey says

    I agree with Andy. Steve was very committed to his beliefs but he made politics fun, and I frequently sought him out at Republican gatherings. I first got to know him at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, where my wife, son and I spent time with him and Krista.

    Steve’s passing is a great lost to Maryland.

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  7. Steven J Smith says

    My condolences to the entire Wright family. I hd the opportunity to meet Stephen on the camapaign trail. He quickly became a man I respected and admired. He will be missed.

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  8. Tim Impallaria says

    Steve’s heart was more than in the WRIGHT place! Steve believed in his views and did not shy away from expressing them. He took his time to start a grassroots effort to find like-minded people to bring his party back to its roots. I will always have my memories of Steve and my children walking in the 2009 Bel Air 4th of July Parade. Our sorrows are with the Wright family. Steve, you will be missed.

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  9. Eric Wargotz says

    Steve, you are already deeply missed by old friends and new ones such as me. Met 8 months ago and just saw Steve last week. The Wargotz family mourns Steve’s loss and hopes and prays for all his close friends and family in this difficult time.

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  10. Bryan Shuy says

    I can’t believe he’s gone. Steve was a wonderful man. We will all miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wright family.

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  11. RetiredCop says

    My thoughts and prayers are with Steve and his family. When we last sat and talked, then shook hands and said good bye I did not know it was for the last time. Enjoy your new home my friend.

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  12. John Galt says

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God hold you all close in this time of sorrow.

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  13. Dave Yensan says

    RIP Steve. I just had a long conversation with Steve yesterday afternoon. He was a wonderful guy who was brilliant. Steve was a polarizing force and drove me crazy while I was in office. He could ask the question which would make one stop and really truly consider any position. He will be missed by many.

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  14. Pastor Rick says

    Today we mourn the loss of friend and a great American. Our prayers are with the Wright family. We all should consider honoring Steve by adopting some of his attitudes toward life and politics.

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  15. Carol & Paul Gilland says

    Life is so short, just saw him Wed. night. RIP Steve, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. God Bless You!

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  16. says

    I am particularly devestated by Steve’s untimely passing. He was on his way to that meeting to present MY new idea for a pro-life project for me. I was supposed to meet Steve at that meeting but couldn’t go. If you’d like to see a photo of Steve with me taken right after the National Day of Prayer in Bel Air, when he asked to be part of my project. He was so excited at the thought of being involved in it. HE approached me and volunteered when he heard me speaking about it to a mutual minister friend. That’s the kind of man Steve was. As I push forward (harder than ever) with my project, I will feel that Steve is watching and praying for an end to abortion and success of this project. We will miss you, Steve but I know you are resting in the arms of Jesus. My deepest condolences for your family….if there is anything I can do, let me know.

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  17. Jason Neidig says

    This morning is a sad day for Harford County, but not as sad for the Wright family.

    I first met Steve 1 year before Fred Simmons won the Mayoral seat in Aberdeen. Steve was not only a great friend to many, he was dedicated to serving the public in whatever capacity he could. Steve was a loyal friend to his wife and children. Steve will be missed, especially his humor which gave us all chuckles. RIP Steve Wright. We will all meet again.

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  18. Miles Kress says

    May the Lord grant him eternal rest.
    May the Lord grant his family strength and peace.

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  19. Diane Fendlay says

    I have know Steve for the last 38 years, I graduated with him in 1977. When I received a phone call last night telling me what happened……I just can’t believe it. I was speaking with him on facebook just the other day. Steve was true to his beliefs, and he loved Harford County! He would have been the “Right” man for Harford County Excutive. His family will all be in my prayers.

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  20. Bel Air Girl says

    Krista, My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so very sorry… Maurie

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  21. Terri says

    WOW!! Very sad news! In reading the article, I could not help but to wonder … and hope that his call to the Dagger, (mentioned to have been made moments before the accident occurred), did not contribute to, or cause, this accident. It goes without saying that it may have … another reminder that no matter how much driving experience one may have, you can never be too cautious and anything can happen at any moment. This is a sad, sad story! My heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues! :~(

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  22. says

    I like so many others was shocked when I heard of Steve’s death this morning. Steve had a passion that was obvious to those who worked aroung him. He was a Patriot and a defender of our Consitution, two values we all should admire. My deepest sympathy goes out to Krista, a loyal and fathful wife, her children and all the Wright family and friends.

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  23. Katie Wright says

    My father was a great man and an amazing dad. I will never forget the times when we would just laugh for no reason. He will always be in my heart. It was and still is a great shock to my whole family and I. He was my backbone, I could go to him for anything. I thank everyone that gives us their prayer and love. My dad is in a better place with his father. I love you dad. -katie

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    • Jeff Pierce says

      Katie, my family lived next door to your father’s family on Hillcrest Drive in Aberdeen since 1973 and, on behalf of my family, I send my condolences. I’ve always considered the Wright family to be great neighbors and friends and the Pierce family’s hearts are with you during these sad times. Your father was a good man.

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      • Tim Impallaria says

        Katie, I told you all how special your dad was to all that got to know him. You all became part of my family and I have looked forward to seeing you guys over the holidays. You will continue to be a part of Rick and our families.

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    • Michelle Urbanski says

      Katie
      I was so sad to hear about your dad. If you guys need ANYTHING at all, please call me. I told the girls this morning and they are praying for you all.
      Michelle

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  24. says

    News of his death reached me this morning. I am completely shocked of the news. I sent a message to his wife this morning on Facebook. Nothing is more painful than knowing someone who inspired a community is no longer with us. The good new is that he is with our Eternal Father. Our prayers from the Washington family and Campaign go out to the Wright family… I am truly sad for his family.

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  25. Political Critic says

    This morning I woke up to the very sad news that Steve had died. I met Steve last year at the Bel Air Barbacue Bash and immediately found him engaging and inspirational. I was fortunate to speak with Steve a few times recently about his plans to become Harford County Chief Executive. He expressed so much concern for conservative values and invited me to attend meetings with him. I have never been more inspired by anyone. I thank you Steve and will never forget the kindness you have shown. Very sad day.

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  26. Audrey E. Scott says

    The Maryland Republican Party has lost a true believer and a dedicated activist who will be missed by all who knew him. May each of us commit ourselves to work a little harder to elect Republicans as a tribute to Steve’s dedication and conservative values and to honor Steve’s memory.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Krista and his precious daughters. May your faith sustain you and the love and support of famiy and friends comfort you. With deepest sympathy, Audrey

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  27. Ceil Stepp Deacon says

    I am so terribly sorry to learn of Steve’s untimely death. He was a great friend and had an incredible sense of humour. My heart goes out to his wife Krista and her family. Sincerely, Ceil (Stepp) Deacon. Leicester, England

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  28. AlwaysRIGHT says

    Although I first met Steve only two years ago, I felt I’d known him all my life. I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Steve was a wonderful man with a passion for family, life, liberty, and country. GOD obviously has a very special plan and needs his talents in heaven. Our prayers are with Krista and the entire Wright family. GOD bless you all in this time of deep sorrow. Steve will be greatly missed. WOW, one never knows when our time here on earth is up. Live to the fullest. Diana & Richard

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  29. Rick Impallaria says

    Rick Impallaria has advised that he is deeply affected by loss of his friend Steve Wright. He is in completely shocked at this time and extremely devastated with the news. Rick and Steve spent the weekend ramping up for the campaign and Steve was excited about his future. He wants everyone to remember Steve’s wife and children in their time of need!
    “Steve had strong christen values and his last post on his Web-site demonstrated his commitment to those values, Steve is now with his maker and at peace.” ” I have lost a brother and Harford County has lost a tireless advocate for their community.”

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  30. Nancy Morin says

    We are still in shock, the untimely passing of Steve sent both Roland and I reeling. All we could do last night was pray for Krista and their children. We met Steve a little over a year ago, but it seems like we were always friends. Steve had a way of always showing his concern for everyone. We will miss you greatly not only as a patriot but as a dear friend. Krista if you need anything please call me. I know Steve is in the arms of Jesus and at peace. It is those of us left behind whose hearts ache.
    Sincerly, Nancy and Roland Morin

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  31. Nancy Morin says

    We are still reeling from the untimely death of Steve. All we could do last night was to pray for Krista and their children.Although we only knew Steve for a little over a year, it seemed like we were old friends. Steve always showed true concern for everyone around him. Steve we will miss you not only as a patriot but also as a dear friend. I know you are in the arms of Jesus and at peace. It is those left behind whose hearts ache. Krista if we can do anythin please call.
    Sincerely, Nancy & Roland Morin

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  32. Rachel Tate says

    My heart is heavy with terrible sadness today. Although I only had the privilege of knowing Steve a very short while, I readily identified with his determination to make a difference by speaking out on issues which were of great concern to him and about which he had deeply held convictions. I will always have great appreciation for the groundwork he laid to strengthen the Republican party in Harford County. His challenge to all of us was to hold firmly to our faith, identify our purpose and step forward with committment to change our community.

    I will continue to keep his family in my prayers, asking the Lord to strengthen them as they walk through this profundly painful time.

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  33. Delegate Donna Stifler says

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”. My prayers are with you, Krista, for peace and comfort. I pray your daughters will find the love and strength they need during this horrible time for you all. May you rest in the comfort of the good wishes posted on this site and the prayers of so many people whose lives were touched by your husband. I am just so sorry for your loss. All my love, Donna

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  34. Gilly-Ann says

    I only recently met Steve but was so impressed I volunteered to help his campagin. His views on life and politics matched my husband’s and myself and he is going to leave a gapping hole in HC politics

    May the Angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs greet you at your arrival and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem
    May the choir of Angels greet you and like Lazarus, who once was a poor man, may you have eternal rest.

    God Bless

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  35. Hiram Lodgepole says

    very sad indeed….sure hope he wasn’t ‘texting’ when this accident occurred…..Wheel road is a ‘total concentration’ road for sure…

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    • Tim Impallaria says

      No!!, he was not texting or on his phone at the time!! It was caused by medical problem but I do thank you for your concern. Sometimes things happen with no human error at all and it is simply that God has made the call for that SPECIAL PERSON. Steve was just that person and it was determined that his service was needed some place else. }0{

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      • Terri says

        No need to get all upset … unfortunately, in today’s world, texting is always a concern. Also, it did mention in the article that he had made a call to, and left a voicemail for, The Dagger just moments before the accident so, questioning use of his cell phone isn’t unquestionable but, regardless, the most important thing here is prayers for his family and friends. This is a sad, sad thing.

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        • Terri says

          sorry, one too many words in there. “use of his cell phone isn’t unquestionable …”

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        • unknown says

          Just because an article said he made a call and left a voicemail, does that really matter…? alot of people cared and loved stephen. All we ask for is prayer.

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          • Terri says

            It does not matter in extending our deepest sympathy, and heartfelt prayers, to his family and friends … it’s just something someone had stated, or asked. The question would be raised no matter who had the accident. It is, unfortunately, part of today’s world.

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  36. Tim Maresh says

    So very sorry to hear of this great loss. R.I.P. Steve, and may God be with your family.

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  37. Susan Stroud & Jim Barron says

    Our hearts go out to Krista and her family. This is a tragedy beyond belief. His dedication to his Party and his causes will be missed.
    God be with you…RIP

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  38. Carmen Amedori says

    Condolences to the Wright Family. Steve was a true Patriot who will always be remembered for standing up for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. My heart is so sad for all.

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  39. Harold Owen says

    I met Steve twice last year while campaigning. He seemed like a very nice fellow. Everyone spoke highly of him and his patriotism. Sorry for your loss.

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  40. says

    Krista and family, May God bless and comfort you in this time of sorrow. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with you all, I am so sorry for your loss. Your neighbors here in the Level community are here for you, just call if you need anything.

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  41. Kim Jenkins says

    I met Steve at the April 15th Tea Party. My husband knew him from Harford Christian. I pray God’s comfort for the entire Wright family. You will be missed, rest in peace!

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  42. Edward says

    Krista & Family,

    I met Steve throught the Route 40 Club. He was very welcoming and engaging. He seemed very sincere in his concerns for our County and Community. I’m so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed….

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  43. jan says

    Please Harford County, let this bring to the forefront that something needs to be done about Wheel Rd. I know there may have been medical issues involved, but Wheel Rd. is totally unforgiving in this particular spot and is too main a thoroughfare now to be left as is. The money to make it safer by widening it and straightening it out must be found.

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    • Terri says

      I agree a gazillion percent! I absolutely hate to have to travel that road and sometimes, if there’s an accident on 543, Wheel road is your only option. I pray always when traveling on that road!

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      • Tim Impallaria says

        Yes, I agree we spend to many hours on that winding road handling accidents! If it rain we will have an accident, it is like the sun rising, you know it is going to happen. The same goes foe Singer Road.

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        • Terri says

          I agree about Singer Road too. There’s several roads in Harford County that REALLY need to be widened and straightened out so things like this won’t continue to happen! I FULLY believe that everything happens for a reason but, they should still plan to make some changes to a lot of these roads.

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    • Cdev says

      I disagree. I think if people drove it more safely and took it at a reasonable speed and followed the speed advisories we would have less accidents.

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  44. Lynn says

    Krista,
    I haven’t seen you in many years, but still feel close to you since we all grew up together in Leeswoods. I will pray for you and your girls. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Lynn

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  45. Karen Novak says

    So very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and friends. He will be missed.

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  46. Jonathan Goff Jr says

    Krista , We are all so very sad and will pray for you and your girls . Krista every time I think of steven ,I think of him with a smile on his face, Steven was a inspiration to me and gave me hope that we still have a chance to do something about our government. It,s a very sad day for all of us . I know I,m going too very much miss him , he was a Good man . I pray that GOD will show him the way and that Jesus will be right there for him. Words can,t even express my sorrow,s for you and your girl,s. If you need anything please just call me . Krista, May God be with you and your Girl,s in these hard time,s.

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  47. Greg Johnson says

    Steve did so much to revitalize the Republican Party in this county. He got us excited to be conservatives again. He and I may not have always seen eye-to-eye, but nobody can question his commitment and dedication to the conservative movement. Steve, nobody can fill the void for your family and the personality that you brought to Harford County politics. But we are all here to try. Krista and girls, know that you are loved more and there are more people praying for you than you can possibly imagine. Call me or the Harford County Leadership Team for any needs that may arise, and may the love of Christ surround you in this time of mourning. Love and peace, Greg

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  48. Dawn Impallaria says

    I liked Steve so much because he was always so welcoming, greeting friends with a warm smile and hug. He was genuinely happy to see you and actually stopped to listen when he asked how you were doing. He always took time to talk and joke with my children and I always noted that he gave them his full attention when doing so. My teenage son said, “Mom, this is really affecting me” which is real tribute to Steve. He really did love people.

    Just last week, I laughed when I woke up to signs in our front yard that appeared during the night. Steve sent me a message asking if I liked them; I laughed and told him it was like his calling card – I knew he had been working during the night.

    Steve’s family has so much to be proud of in their husband/dad and you have many people who want to help hold you up during this terribly sad time.

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  49. Anthony J. Ciani says

    I only knew Steve for a little less than a year, but in those months, I met a great person. Steve cared about the community and government, and he did something about it. Our country needed more people like Steve, but now it has one fewer.

    Krista, McKenzie, Meagan, and Katie, my sympathies for your losses. We are all feeling the pain.

    Even though Steve has left this world, his imprint is still here.

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  50. Lambo says

    Dear Friends and Protectors/Lovers of Liberty,

    Campaign for Liberty lost a fellow patriot and member, Stephen Wright, Thursday evening.
    Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Krista, their daughters, and the members of our fellow patriots in “his” Route 40 Republican Club. Steve was an advocate of liberty and he loved the Founding …Fathers.
    Some of our Campaign for Liberty members worked very closely with Steve especially with the Tea Party Movement. He would want nothing less than for us to continue to defend freedom.
    Given that we will forge ahead with our meeting next week where we will open with a special tribute to Steve Wright.
    Derek Howell, Esquire, has joined us and will present the first of his segments on the Constitution.
    We have a lot of information to share and will be specific on how you can join us and get active in volunteering with Harford C4L and working in your precincts.

    Tuesday May 25, at 7PM
    at the Knights of Columbus Hall near Enotria Restaurant.
    Address: 23 Newport Drive
    Forest Hill, MD 21050

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  51. Ken & El Youngmann says

    To whoever knew Steve Wright,

    Rarely in life does one feel loss as when we learned of the tragedy of Steve Wright’s passing. Although we have have only known Steve for less than a year, we came to know him as a husband, a father, a friend, an associate, and a patriot. We trusted Steve. He was a leader in our community. His principles were pure and his energy was boundless. Steve was the only person we know who only did things for others, never for himself. Our deepest sympathy goes to Krista and the Wright children.

    Peace, Ken & El Youngmann

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    • Joseph Caruso says

      “The mass of mankind lead lives of quiet desperation” – Thoreau, not Steve Wright, he led a life of purpose and integrity. Steve loved his wife and children, you could see it in the twinkle in his eye when he proudly introduced them to everyone he met.

      Steve believed in the best that people had to offer and he had a point of view of what would be better for people, his community and his country.

      What I loved about Steve is that he believed in what he said and what he said made sense. I am a better man for knowing Steve, I will miss him greatly and I will do whatever I can to honor his memory.

      Joe

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  52. Tim Impallaria says

    Stephen M. Wright Political Science Scholarship has been setup on Facebook! By the North Harford Republican Club for a scholarship for a student at Harford Community College!

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  53. Tim Impallaria says

    Stephen M. Wright Political Science Scholarship has been setup on Facebook! By the North Harford Republican Club for a scholarship for a student at Harford Community College!

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  54. Tim Impallaria says

    Stephen M. Wright Political Science Scholarship has been setup on Facebook; by the North Harford Republican Club. A student at Harford Community College will be presented the scholarship.

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  55. Harley Parkes says

    I was Steve’s soccer coach his senior year at Harford Christian School. Steve was the goalie on a team of great young men, but we were in last place in our Maryland Christian School league and on the last game we played the first place team. Steve convinced me to allow him to take a PK in the OT game and we won. I had never seen a goalie take a PK, but Steve was a leader even in high school. He always had a smile on his face as if to say I just got away with something and you don’t know about it. Whenever Steve came to one of my games he always was glad to see me, he and his friend Rici came to see me at home when I was sick with cancer and checked on me often. He was my friend. He invited me to his political events and gave me a seat of honor. I will always miss him. My prayers go out to his wife and daughters and mother and brothers and sisters. They are a great family.The world was a better place because the Lord allowed Steve to pass through it.

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  56. John Orlando says

    Steve,

    It was great knowing you and working with you. You have a good heart. We miss you already. Thank you for your devotion to the Cause of Liberty and your defense of the Constitution.

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  57. GOP says

    Michael Steele, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, will be flying in to Bel Air for the Funeral on Wednesday. Steve was a great man and it shows.

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      That’s good to hear. If you go to my FB memorial album to Steve, you’ll see a Michael Steele poster with Steve’s name on it. This whole election year in particular is going to be tougher, knowing Steve isn’t in the race. I’m sure he’s praying for our success, though.

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  58. says

    In an instant the lives of a family are changed forever. I am so sorry for Steve’s family. Nothing can be said to ease their loss or pain. Mourning is such a unique and individual process. I pray for God to give Krista and the girls the time, healing, and peace to grapple with this tremendous loss.

    At his core, Steve was a family man and I always will remember Steve, Krista and the girls at the various political events. They always had fun and never seemed to tire of the political scene. I suspect that this due in large part to Steve’s persuasion and outgoing personality.

    The last time I saw Steve was at the Lincoln Day Dinner. He was relaxed and enjoying the scene. Typical cool, calm and, collected Steve, but I knew he was analyzing the situation. I knew the mind was processing information and calculating his campaign strategy. In short Steve would have been a great attorney.

    Steve was not one to relax and take it easy. I remember visiting with him (a patient) when my mother-in-law was in the hospital. He was very restless and receiving phone call after phone call. I suspect that Steve was not the best patient and probably needed to be hog tied to the bed. But that was Steve – a man of action and a man on the move.

    We all wonder why Steve was taken so soon, so quickly, and so untimely. Only God knows. All we can do is trust His Wisdom. I am comforted in knowing that Steve is in heaven with my mother-in-law and my mom. I miss them terribly, but I know that they will all get along famously – all conservative, practical, and patriotic.

    To Steve, his beloved wife and children – may God hold you firmly in his hand in this time of sadness and loss.

    Susan K. McComas

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  59. Like Minded says

    As Stephen Wright’s campaign manager and the last person to meet with him just minutes before his death I was stunned beyond belief at his passing. After collecting my thoughts I posted the following on my FB page. HE WHOM THE GOD’S LOVE DIE YOUNG, WHILE HE IS IN HEALTH, HAS HIS SENSES AND JUUDGEMENTS SOUND.

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  60. Meagan says

    It is truly amazing to see the people my Dad has touched through his 50 years of life. Although it seems to be the end, I know he sits with me everyday and we can continue to experience my life together (maybe even more than before). Not a day will ever go by that I won’t think about him and it really sucks that I can’t call when I want to talk or need something, but I guess now all I need to do is speak through my heart and he will hear me. Everyone has their good times and bad times in life and no one is perfect, but as my father I was very proud of him and the accomplishments he had. I didn’t get to tell him this and I would have liked to tell him more how much I loved him and missed him, but I do and always will.

    I want to Thank everyone who has been there to support my family and myself and all the prayers and thoughts throughout this process… Everyday is a new day, sometimes better and sometimes worst than the day before. I will continue to make my Dad proud, as best I can and hope he will help me along the way.

    I love you Dad… As you told me in my email:
    “I am very proud of you. You are in my thoughts most of the day, and you are never alone. Me & all of the angels in Heaven are rooting you on for success each day.

    Have fun, having fun, learning, reading, studying, discovering, etc., etc…and having more fun!

    Until then, “git’er done”….

    With Love,
    Your Dad”

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      Dear Meagan,

      Please don’t have regrets about what you did or didn’t say to your Dad. I went through that with some of my loved ones years ago who left me suddenly and beat myself up for no good reason.

      The regret thing is a part of grieving, dear heart, but don’t let it drag you down. Instead, think of all the good times with your Dad that will make you smile through life. That huge grin of his is enough. I miss both my parents and wish I had said this or that, but having the faith that we do, we know that we will see them again in the next life and will get to say all the things we want then.

      Remember, you have lots of friends of your Dad’s here for you…let us know if there is anything you need. Many of us have been through similar things at one time of life or another so we are anxious to step up and help you, your Mom and your Sisters.

      If you check your Dad’s contacts, he has my phone # somewhere. If you can’t find it, ask Minister Tittle for it.

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  61. says

    Steve was a humble man that made a difference. You like him the minute you meet him. We have entertained angels unaware. Our prayers go forward for his family and friends. He leaves a legacy and work left to be done. We now pick up the flag and move forward with good memories of Steve. God Bless his family.

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  62. Pavel314 says

    Suspicious, don’t you think? A candidate who wanted to end the cozy relationship between the county government and the developers dies in a mysterious one-car crash. I hope they checked his brake lines and steering gear after the crash but the car has probably been scrapped and melted down by now. Ah well, a good man is gone and live goes on, as does the cash flow.

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    • Harco Res. says

      Please don’t say foolish things…Steve was a diabetic and suffered a heart attack. He was a great man, and great friend. He wouldn’t appreciate such stupid statements!

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    • annoyed by ignorant people says

      Honestly, Mr./Mrs. Pavel314, perharps your “LIFE” might go on, but some of us will have a harder time than you. Life will go on and time will not stop, but for me personally, not a second goes by that I do not think about him. Don’t worry, when the medical examiner gets the results back, I will be sure to post just for YOU, so you are not suspicious anymore. And as for “checking the break lines and steering gears,” I guess they should also check the horn as well because it went off before he wrecked. You might want to get your facts straight before posting something so ridiculous. It’s really okay if you did not get along or whatever the conflict, but please keep your ignorant comments to yourself… For Stephen Wright was more than just a politician, he was a husband and a father and most of all a human being, above all else.

      Sincerely, his eldest daughter.
      Meagan K. Wright.

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      • Gilly-Ann MCNamara says

        Meagan
        Your Dad is busting his buttons because of your reply to this person!!!!!!! You are your father’s daughter because he would have reacted the same way. I was so angry when I read that I was afraid to post an answer untill I calmed down but you did such an AWESOME job I now don’t have to.
        God Bless you and the rest of the family and maybe one day you will follow in your Dad’s footsteps and show the world (or at least our little part) the Wright Way of politics

        😉

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      • Lisa Trimble says

        That’s my girl! Dad would be proud sweetie!

        Lisa Trimble
        Meagan’s Mom

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  63. says

    Harco Res. is correct. Besides, I don’t believe Steve had enemies, just friends, and he wasn’t what I’d call a threat to anyone. If you can’t say kind, gentle things here, please don’t post at all. I can upset the family.

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  64. Tony Pasaro says

    I first met Steve when the Bel Air Tea Party Patriots organized the March 15 Bel Air Tea Party Rally.

    The success of the event was in a large part due to Steve’s guidance and support. Steve was also instrumental in helping to reduce Harford County taxes.

    I will miss our debates. Though Steve and I did not always agree I respected his passion and love for America and our Constitution.. He will be missed.

    So very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and friends.

    Tony Pasaro

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  65. says

    In the Wake
    Let me try to put all these rumors about Stephen Wright’s death to rest. I had just arrived in town and met with Stephen minutes before his accident. Other then Krista I was the last person to be with him. I had arrived to manage his campaign and we were discussing how we were going to proceed when he said he wasn’t feeling well, that his sugar was running low. We went to his house for him to get something to eat. Krista drove me home as Steve was leaving for the meeting. His accident was medical related, period.
    What I do find more disgusting then some of these comments is the politicians I saw at his wake. Those that opposed his candidacy and those that opposed everything he stood for, now they were there for the photo-op, shaking hands, milking the event for all it was worth. Hugging Krista and telling her how sorry they are, AND A SORRY BUNCH THEY ARE. Now the vultures are circling ready to take control of everything Stephen built. If the thought would ever cross my mind that something was abnormal about Stephen’s death, I would attribute it to these folks. As Stephen’s campaign manager and one who worked with him daily since he filed to run, I will be making a further announcement as to who I think would be best to carry on for Stephen Wright very soon.

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  66. Bill says

    You must mean Nancy Jacobs..she did every thing she could to get Gov. Ehrlich to endorse David Craig and then she has been all over FB and Bel Air crying fake tears.

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  67. Gilly-Ann MCNamara says

    Just because someone doesn’t believe in the same things as another does not make their grief any less and this is not the place to make those accusations

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  68. says

    There were many. As they filed by the casket, I could almost hear them saying, Thanks Stephen for the publicity I can milk this for quite some time and hopefully I can get control of all the organizations you have built. Now they are circling the grave ready to grab anything of value that will further their political careers. Check out Krista Goodwin Wrights FB page to get a good dose of hypocrisy. I apoligize for not posting my name on the previous comment, it was an oversight.
    John Bowers

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    To Gilly
    When one make their pretended grief public then it is the right place to respond. I once wrote that THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR CHURCHES ARE CRUMBLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF WHAT IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE AND THE LIFE BLOOD OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BEING DRAINED UNDER THE PRESSURE OF WHAT IS POLITICALLY CORRECT. The public needs to be informed of how their elected officials are conducting themselves. Otherwise we will end up with what we got now. I will continue to expose these scoundrels as long as they continue to try and benefit from Stephen’s death and I know he is smiling as I write these words.
    John Bowers

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    • Gilly-Ann MCNamara says

      I’m sorry I have to disagree. There are a few politicians I do not like, the President is one, but I still would feel greif if he died tonight. Human life is precious and all should be honored when life is taken before their time

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    • Meagan Wright says

      By the way–I need to stop reading this thing so much…

      Just because someone does not believe in what my dad stood for, does not mean it is wrong for them to come and support his family and friends. The viewing, funeral, and wake were not for “politicians” who agreed with my dad to come and mourn, it was for EVERYONE (republican, democrat, female, male, black, white, purple, etc.) who had been a part of his life to come together, support one another, mourn his death, and celebrate his life. I just don’t think it’s fair to say “Those that opposed his candidacy and those that opposed everything he stood for, now they were there for the photo-op, shaking hands, milking the event for all it was worth. Hugging Krista and telling her how sorry they are, AND A SORRY BUNCH THEY ARE.” I’m sure you are speaking of David Craig and just so you know politics are politics, but before politics they were friends. Stuff happens, people fight, disagree, and even dislike each other at certain points in their lives, but that does not mean when a tragedy happens, you can not pull yourself together and be the better person. Maybe I am completely wrong? I just want to say I appreciate everyone who came to support my dad, my sisters, my family, and myself. And also appreciate those who continue to support us 3 weeks later (Melinda Craig being one of them). Perhaps you think of my dad as just a politician… Fortunately he atleast 45 years of his life where he was NOT in the political view and he met many people during those years. I speak for myself and my family in that we greatly appreciate EVERY SINGLE PERSON who have been there to support us, regardless of disagreements they might have had.

      ***After reading below– I am glad you can put your differences aside, now please can we respect all that attended the services. Thank you.

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      • Gilkly-Ann McNamara says

        Way cool Melinda and I whole heartly agree. Oh and on top of that I think your Dad would too

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  70. says

    Well Gilly
    It looks like we will have to disagree on this issue. That being said I love and admire you for standing up for what you believe in and hope you feel the same about me.
    God Bless
    John Bowers
    PS. Even as a Christian I am not so sure about how I would feel about your President.

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  71. Gilly-Ann MCNamara says

    I will agree with you on that
    As for your PS I feel this way: As a Catholic a life is important to our God no matter what and that I respect. Oh and he in not my President. I didn’t vote for the jerk but only God can choose to take that life and until he does I have to respect his life because my God asks me to. But I do not have to respect what he does

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      Gilly
      It looks like we have found areas of agreement. Lets build on it. I am always ready to comprimise and look at anothers point of view.
      John bowers

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    • B.S. Detector! says

      Gilly-Ann…B.S.! He IS not a jerk, and he IS your president (even if you didn’t vote for him). Now, regarding your declared position on life….If you find “life” to be so precious, then how could you possibly square that with the multitude of young boys (and sometimes girls) “lives” that were ruined by your priests molestations!? And when the offending priests were revealed, the Catholic Church (being the arrogant asses that they are) would simply re-locate the “good fathers” to another parish in another part of the county, where the pattern would repeat itself again and again. Just think about all of those formerly innocent children that had their childhoods stolen away from them. Their “lives” would NEVER be the same! What if you had a child that was one of their victims? What do you have to say about THAT Gilly Gal?

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      • Gilly-Ann MCNamara says

        1st of all let’s take this off this site. There was NO CALL at all for you to attack me here. I would have gladly given you my email address (gillyann725@yahoo.com) Oh and just so you know it is only a small % of Priests that are bad not all. Check the precentages from other faiths and even teachers. Difference is the media is always quick to show the bad of my faith. Oh and even those family members who molested their own children!!!!!

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        • Gilly-Ann MCNamara says

          Sorry I was angry and wrote this wrong. What I meant to say was it is only a small percentage of Priests that are bad most are AWESOME men of God.Check the precentages from other faiths and even teachers. Difference is the media is always quick to show the bad of my faith. Oh and what about those family members who moleste their own children!!!!!

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      • fedup says

        B.S. Detector!, in her defense, you can’t really blame anyone who is conservative, centrist, or even a moderate democrat from wanting to distance themselves from the current president and his far left, mostly nefarious staff and confidants… I myself see him as an arrogant, narcissistic, condescending, elitist prick. But that’s just my opinion and pretty much covers any politician in both parties inside the beltway. I’m nonpartisan since I realize all politicians suck. The idea of defending a politician is something I simply can’t fathom. Change will only come about when we all see politicians as what they really are and flush out the incumbents. Two term limits baby…. one in office and one in prison.

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  72. says

    To all those who commented on this issue. If you want to hear more of my postion on the future of Stephen Wright’s and my work go to my FB page. John Kennth Bowers. I will bbe making an inportant announcement concerning this very soon.
    God Bless
    John Bowers

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  73. says

    To all those who commented on this issue. If you want to hear more of my postion on the future of Stephen Wright’s and my work go to my FB page. John Kennth Bowers. I will bbe making an important announcement concerning this very soon.
    God Bless
    John Bowers

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  74. says

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…this started as a news bulletin about Steve’s untimely passing and has turned into a political forum with less than nice bantering, using Steve as the pawn. SHAME ON THOSE WHO ARE DOING THIS. Steve’s family is reading this and it’s hurtful. I certainly hope this stops. If you want to continue this bantering, do it on your own FB pages and leave this area.

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