David Craig

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named four more members to his cabinet Thursday, including a former rival, David Craig, who will be the state’s Secretary of Planning. The former Harford County executive lost to Hogan in June’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Former Democratic state Sen. Rona Kramer, an executive at a commercial real estate firm, will take over the Department of Aging. Michael Gill will oversee the Department of Business and Economic Development. And the Department of Housing and Community Development’s new boss is Kenneth Holt, who was a Republican state delegate, founded a software company, and breeds racehorses.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about why David Craig, despite a long history in Maryland politics, was unable to qualify for public campaign financing in his bid for governor.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Larry Hogan, Del. Ron George and Harford County Executive David Craig are all hoping to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination next month, and they're all hoping to get public campaign finance funds to do it. Larry Hogan, a former Ehrlich cabinet member and founder of Change Maryland, announced Wednesday that he is the first to cross the fundraising threshold to qualify for the $2.6 million in public funds. 

Mary Rose Madden

This is not the first rodeo for David Craig. In fact, it’s his 21st run for public office; a lot of campaigning for a man who considers himself less flashy than his opponents in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

But making this race is something he’s been working toward for a long time. He’s been a state delegate, a state senator, Mayor of Havre de Grace and now, the Harford County Executive. And he’s developed a long record of balancing budgets, something he points to in his campaign.

On The Issues – GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Apr 16, 2014
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Last week, Republican gubernatorial candidates Charles Lollar, Ron George, and David Craig participated in a forum at Johns Hopkins University. Larry Hogan, another GOP candidate, did not attend. They spoke on a range of policy issues. Here are some highlights:

Craig Looks For The Right Message

Feb 21, 2014

WYPR's Fraser Smith and former Capitol Hill press secretary and communications director Richard Cross talk about Harford County Executive David Craig's proposal to cut income taxes and his search for traction in the Republican primary for governor.

Why Maryland GOP Should Focus On Local Races

Nov 8, 2013

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Richard Cross III, blogger and former GOP staffer, talk about why the conditions do not seem to be right for a Republican victory in the governor's race next year.

How 2014 Governor's Race Can Be Opening For GOP

Sep 9, 2013

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly of St. Mary's College and The FreeStater Blog talk about why Republican Theodore McKeldin won the Maryland governorship twice and how the right GOP candidate could exploit a potentially bruising Democratic primary.

2014 Watch: The Craig/Haddaway-Riccio Ticket

Jul 22, 2013

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jennifer Shutt of the Salisbury Daily Times talk about David Craig's choice of running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

Central Maryland is under a Flash Flood Watch on Friday, with 2-4 inches of rainfall possible. As an unusually violent summer in Baltimore continues, city officials announce a new partnership with federal law officials designed to prevent and prosecute crime. Republican Harford County Executive David Craig chooses Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as his running mate for his 2014 gubernatorial bid. Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman says she’ll run for a full term. Maryland watermen take crabbing into the digital age. And more.