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Republican gubernatorial candidate and Harford County Executive David R. Craig is scheduled to announce Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R) as his running mate Tuesday, according to his campaign.

Craig will announce his choice in Annpolis Tuesday morning and again in St. Michaels in the evening, according to a statement from his campaign.

Craig is expected to introduce Haddaway-Riccio as a small-business owner who understands the state’s small towns and rural areas and represents people who struggle to fill their gas tanks, save money for college and pay their mortgages, according to a campaign source.

Haddaway-Riccio, 36, of Newcomb, represents District 37B, which includes portions of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Caroline counties, and has served in the General Assembly since 2003.

She served as House minority whip from 2011 to 2013 with Del. Anthony O’Donnell of Lusby, who was the minority leader.

In April, House Republicans decided on Dels. Nicholaus Kipke of Pasadena and Kathy Szeliga of Perry Hall as their new leaders, replacing Haddaway-Riccio and O’Donnell.

Haddaway-Riccio could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Craig is the second gubernatorial candidate to announce a running mate. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) selected Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) as his running mate in early June.

Republican Del. Ronald George (Dist. 3) of Arnold, who also is making a run for the governor’s office, said he’s looking at a group of about five potential running mates, including a delegate and a state senator, but isn’t in any hurry announce a choice.

“It’s a little early,” George said, adding that he’s making his third tour of the state since he began his campaign last month.

dleaderman@gazette.net