Ron George

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Ron George
Ron George (2008).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 30th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Preceded by Herbert McMillan
Personal details
Born (1953-08-30) August 30, 1953 (age 61)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Syracuse University
Institute for the Psychological
Sciences
Religion Roman Catholicism

Ronald Alan George (born August 30, 1953) is a former Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates. George has announced plans to run in 2018 for the state Senate in District 30, which includes Annapolis.[1] He sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Maryland in 2014, but finished fourth in the primary.[2][3] From January, 2007 to January, 2015 he represented District 30 in the Maryland General Assembly located within Anne Arundel County.[4] Before redistricting, he shared this district with Democratic member House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Republican Herbert H. McMillan.[5] After redistricting, George was no longer living in District 30, but rather District 33. In December 2014, George expressed his interest in being appointed to the 33rd District seat in the House of Delegates being vacated by current Delegate Cathy Vitale, who announced her resignation to accept an appointment to a judgeship.[6] George has been a successful Maryland business owner for over 20 years. He owns Ron George Jewelers located in Annapolis and formerly in Severna Park.[7]

Biography[edit]

George was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, and studied jewelry-making and design at Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He then attended Syracuse University (B.A. 1978) and the Institute for Psychological Services (M.S. 2005). As a master goldsmith certified in jewelry design and repair, George has owned and operated jewelry stores in Maryland since 1987. In 2006, George ran for the seat left open when District 30 incumbent Herb McMillan decided to run for the Maryland State Senate.[8]

As a delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, George served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Transportation, Education, and Election Law subcommittees, the Sportsmans Caucus, and the Veterans Caucus. George founded Maryland's Doctors Caucus and Advisory Board.

Gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Delegate George announced his candidacy for Governor of Maryland on June 5, 2013.[9] During his announcement speech, George unveiled his 10 Point Promise. The Promise calls for building the tax base in Baltimore City, creating safe school zones in Baltimore modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, conducting independent audits of all state agencies, and lowering corporate and unemployment taxes among other initiatives.[10] This plan prompted the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board on July 17, 2013 to name George "The leader so far in providing a specific platform".[11] George finished last in the primary, behind Larry Hogan, who won the nomination, David Craig, and Charles Lollar.[3]

Legislative record[edit]

  • Voted against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[1]
  • Sponsored Wind Energy at Greenbury Point in 2010 (HJ7) [2]
  • Sponsored Lawful Presence Requirement for Maryland Drivers Licenses (HB195) [3]
  • Sponsored Voltage Regulation Technology - Income Tax Subtraction Modification (HB320) [4]
  • Sponsored Local Correctional Facilities - New Construction - Residential Programs for Substance Abuse Treatment (HB967) [5]
  • Co-Sponsored Intellectual Disability (Rosa's Law) (HB20) [6]
  • Co-Sponsored State Property Tax - Homeowner's Property Tax Assessment Cap Reduction (HB156) [7]
  • Co-Sponsored State Retirement and Pension System - Military Service Credit (HB191) [8]
  • Co-Sponsored Silver Alert Program - Establishment (HB317)[9]
  • Co-Sponsored Sales and Use Tax - Exemptions - Veterans' Organizations (HB317) [10]
  • Co-Sponsored Natural Resources - Oysters - Dredge Devices (ban repealed. Chapter) (HB218) [11]

Election results[edit]

  • 2010 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 30th District[12]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Ronald A. George, Rep. 25,631   19.25%    Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 23,995   18.02%    Won
Herb McMillan, Rep. 22,553   16.94%    Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem. 21,142   15.88%    Lost
Seth Howard, Rep. 20,080   15.08%    Lost
Judd Legum, Dem. 19,670   14.77%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 89   0.07%    
  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 30th District[13]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 22,479   17.1%    Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem. 22,360   17.0%    Won
Ronald A. George, Rep. 21,811   16.6%    Won
Barbara Samorajczyk, Dem. 21,758   16.5%    Lost
Andy Smarick, Rep. 20,594   15.6%    Lost
Ron Elfenbein, Rep. 20,457   15.5%    Lost
David Whitney, Con. 2,225   1.7%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 80   0.1%    

Volunteer work[edit]

Prior to his jewelry work, George was a volunteer counselor at Covenant House in New York City for two years. He has also been a volunteer director for the Conquest Boys' Club, volunteering from 1996 until 2002. He has been working for the Springhill Center for Family Development since 2002 and has been a National Board member of Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes, a home-schooling support organization, since 1998.

Ron George is also a member of the Annapolis Business Association, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. He received the Ronald Reagan Award from the Annapolis Republican Central Committee in 2005. Additionally, he is a Sunday School teacher for St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Acting career[edit]

George is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.[14] He has made appearances in movies such as Chances Are and Broadcast News. He has also appeared in The Doctors, a soap opera, in the late 1970s.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Del. Ron George Says He Plans To Run For State Senate". CBS Baltimore. Associated Press. June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ron George Campaign website[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Jenna; Wagner, John (June 24, 2014). "Brown, Hogan win Md. gubernatorial primaries; Frosh wins attorney general contest". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ronald A. George, Maryland State Delegate". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 General Election Official Results". State Board of Elections. 
  6. ^ Lambert, Jack; Prudente, Tim (December 31, 2014). "Large field seeks to replace Vitale in House of Delegates". The Capital. 
  7. ^ Ron George Jewelers
  8. ^ Our Say:Endorsements for House Districts 30, 33A and 33B - Top Stories - (HometownAnnapolis.com)
  9. ^ Ron George Runs for Governor
  10. ^ 10 Point Promise
  11. ^ Governor's Race Takes Shape
  12. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on May 24, 2013
  13. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Aug. 12, 2007
  14. ^ Cox, Erin (April 28, 2014). "Also on the Ron George resume: soap opera roles". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 

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