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Del. George On Gov. Run: "Need More Jobs" On Eastern Shore

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SALISBURY, Md. - A second Republican announces his candidacy to replace Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in 2014.

Del. Ron George (R-District 30) took the streets of Salisbury to talk to residents and businesses about the issues of Maryland he say's he'll fix next year if elected Governor.

George says among the issues locally on the Eastern Shore are revitalizing downtown's, fixing tax rates and creating regional economic plans.

"[Governor Martin] O'Malley loved to say the reason we have some of the slowest economic growth in the nation is because we're the richest state and everyone else is catching up to us," said George. "That is very flawed logic, strong business models can create business better.

"Some of the rural areas are just hurting and we have some little beautiful towns [on the Eastern Shore], but there's no jobs. We're going to bring them back. We're going to create these manufacturing jobs get the dollars flowing here."

According to the Department of Labor, Maryland gained over 31,000 small business jobs, but in April, 8,600 similar employees lost jobs. Those latest numbers, George says are troubling.

"This governor and this lieutenant governor [Anthony Brown] don't know how much they've hurt private and small businesses," said George. "The Eastern Shore here we need manufacturing jobs to come back."

The Anne Arundel Delegate says he plans to bring back those manufacturing jobs by giving incentives to businesses to stay.

In an email sent to WMDT, Lt. Gov. Brown responded to Ron George's assertion about the poor job numbers.

"People here in Maryland are tough and we overcome hardship by being honest and working together," said Brown. "The great recession hurt the entire country, but I am very proud of our recovery in Maryland.

"The truth is we've added over 31,000 jobs in the private sector in the last year and our unemployment rate went down again this month to 6.5 percent. But we can't stop working until every person in Maryland has access to a good paying job.

"This isn't about statistics, it's about families."

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