John R. Leopold

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John R. Leopold
7th Anne Arundel County Executive
In office
December 4, 2006 – January 29, 2013
Preceded by Janet S. Owens
Succeeded by Laura Neuman
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 31st district
In office
January 11, 1995 – December 4, 2006
In office
1983–1990
Member of the Hawaii State Senate
In office
1974–1978
Member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives
In office
1970–1974
Member of the Hawaii State Board of Education
In office
1968–1970
Personal details
Born (1943-02-04)February 4, 1943
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican

John Robinson Leopold (born February 4, 1943) is an American politician who served as Anne Arundel County Executive from 2006 to 2013. As a Republican, he served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for 18 years. In 2013, he was found guilty of misconduct resulting in a jail sentence and fine, and he was suspended from office. He resigned on February 1, 2013 and was succeeded by Laura Neuman, after a vote by the Anne Arundel County Council.

Early life and political career[edit]

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Leopold graduated from Hamilton College in 1964 with a B.A. in English. Before moving to Maryland, he was a long-time resident of Honolulu, where he served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1970 to 1974 and the Hawaii Senate from 1974 to 1978. Leopold was the first Republican elected to the Board of Education in Hawaii, where he served two years. He was also the State Director for Planned Parenthood while in Hawaii.

County executive[edit]

Leopold was elected Anne Arundel County Executive on December 4, 2006, after serving 18 years in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Misconduct in office[edit]

On March 2, 2012, Leopold was indicted on multiple counts of misconduct in office for using his county-provided police security to investigate political opponents, to remove campaign signs, and to transport him to public places to engage in sexual liaisons with women.[1]

On March 7, 2012, David Holway, President of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers held a press conference in Annapolis to demand the immediate resignation of Leopold and the Chief of Police, James Teare.[2]

On January 29, 2013, Leopold was suspended from office after being found guilty on two counts of misconduct in office. He was subsequently sentenced to a $100,000 fine and two years in jail, with all jail time suspended except 30 days in jail and 30 days under house arrest. He voluntarily resigned from the office of the County Executive.[3]

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Anne Arundel County Executive[4]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John R. Leopold, Rep. 93,668   51.0%    Won
George F. Johnson, IV, Dem. 89,740   48.9%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 176   0.1%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 31[5]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John R. Leopold, Rep. 24,937   24.31%    Won
Joan Cadden, Dem. 16,906   16.48%    Won
Donald Dwyer, Jr., Rep. 16,807   16.39%    Won
Thomas R. Gardner, Rep. 15,321   14.94%    Lost
Mary Rosso, Dem. 15,127   14.75%    Lost
Thomas J. Fleckenstein, Dem. 13,404   13.07%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 31[6]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John R. Leopold, Rep. 21,632   23%    Won
Joan Cadden, Dem. 19,214   20%    Won
Mary Rosso, Dem. 15,372   16%    Won
Victoria L. Schade, Rep. 15,366   16%    Lost
Robert Schaeffer, Rep. 12,092   14%    Lost
Thomas J. Fleckenstein, Dem. 11,862   12%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 31[7]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John R. Leopold, Rep. 19,960   24%    Won
Joan Cadden, Dem. 16,492   20%    Won
Victoria L. Schade, Rep. 14,801   18%    Won
W. Ray Huff, Dem. 14,203   17%    Lost
C. Stokes Kolodziejski, Dem. 13,176   16%    Lost
Douglas Arnold, Rep. 3,586   4%    Lost
  • 1986 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 31[8]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John R. Leopold, Rep. 14,586   22%    Won
W. Ray Huff, Dem. 14,005   21%    Won
Charles W. Kolodziejski, Dem. 13,050   20%    Won
James J. Rilley, Dem. 12,895   20%    Lost
Anthony J. Girandola, Rep. 5,950   9%    Lost
Charles E. Beatty, Rep. 4,994   8%    Lost
Name Votes Percent Outcome
George Ariyoshi, Dem. 153,394   54%    Won
John R. Leopold, Rep. 124,610   44%    Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Aaron C. (March 2, 2012). "Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold indicted". Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ EOA, Staff (March 7, 2012). "Union Boss Calls For Immediate Resignations Of Leopold, Teare". Eye On Annapolis. 
  3. ^ "Arundel Co. Executive Leopold guilty, suspended from office". The Baltimore Sun. January 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Anne Arundel County Executive Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 13, 2007
  5. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 13, 2007
  6. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 13, 2007
  7. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 13, 2007
  8. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 13, 2007
  9. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=28670

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Preceded by
Janet Owens
Anne Arundel County Executive
2007—2013 *resigned*
Succeeded by
Laura Neuman