Harford County Council Vice-President Richard C. Slutzky announced Friday that he will run for county council president in this year’s Republican primary election. The retired educator and three-term council member represents District E (Aberdeen/Churchville/Fountain Green).
Slutzky filed his candidacy for a fourth term in District E in September, but announced at a Harford County Farm Bureau legislative dinner Friday that he will instead run in the countywide race for council president.
In an interview following his announcement, Slutzky said that he altered plans because of changes “in the dynamics on the council and in the political arena.”
Incumbent Council President Billy Boniface said in October that he would not seek re-election.
“After almost 12 years of experience,” Slutzky said, “I have learned that there is a steep learning curve in bringing someone new to the council with the potential for new council members. I believe I bring a great deal of experience…and I am positioned to stabilize the council, which may be in transition after the next election.”
Slutzky said he will re-file his candidacy with the Board of Elections.
Two other candidates have filed to run in the Republican primary for county council president, according to the Board of Elections website. They are Todd Paterniti, a 2010 candidate for the District D council seat, and attorney Jim Rutledge, a 2010 candidate for U.S. Senate.
There were no candidates in the Democratic primary for council president listed as of Friday.
The filing deadline for candidates in the 2014 primary election is Feb. 25.
Below is Slutzky’s bio from the Harford County government Web site:
Richard C. Slutzky, District E, was elected as the Council Member for District E, which includes Aberdeen, Churchville, and Fountain Green, in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Mr. Slutzky has served nine consecutive terms as Council Vice President. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Syracuse University and served as a Private First Class in the US Marine Corps Reserves. As a member of the Harford County Council, Councilman Slutzky serves as Liaison to the Board of Education, Chairman of the Adequate Public Facilities Board, Member of the Audit Advisory Board and Member of the Tobacco Task Force. He spent several years teaching and coaching at the university level before beginning his 31-year career as a teacher and coach at Aberdeen High School. His contributions to the sport of wrestling resulted in his induction into both the Maryland and National Wrestling Halls of Fame and appointment to the State Board of Directors of the Maryland Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.