March 1, 2005


Alderman Kelley switches to the Republican Party (JEFF HORSEMAN, Hometown Annapolis)

Annapolis Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. switched to the Republican Party yesterday, much to the delight of GOP officials eager to prove their inclusiveness.

The Ward 4 alderman, frequently mentioned as a possible challenger to Mayor Ellen O. Moyer next fall, received several warm embraces from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele during an afternoon news conference at Maryland Republican Party headquarters on West Street.

Mr. Kelley, a 48-year-old retired police officer, wouldn't commit to running against Ms. Moyer, saying only that he has "options." He said he switched parties because the Republicans more closely match his priorities, including promoting economic development, limited government and public safety.

"The Republican Party and (Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.) support these core values," said Mr. Kelley, who is in his first four-year term.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 1, 2005 12:00 AM
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