Ex-Anne Arun­del ex­ec­u­tive Leopold eyes pub­lic of­fice

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD - — Amanda Yea­ger, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

For­mer County Ex­ec­u­tive John R. Leopold, who re­signed in 2013 af­ter a judge found him guilty of mis­con­duct, said he is con­sid­er­ing a run for elected of­fice in 2018 — though he hasn’t yet de­cided which of­fice. The 73-year-old Repub­li­can from Pasadena re­cently launched an “ex­ploratory” web­site and said: “I love pub­lic ser­vice. … I still en­joy help­ing peo­ple one-on-one.” Leopold’s re­signed af­ter be­ing con­victed of or­der­ing po­lice of­fi­cers in his pro­tec­tion de­tail to do cam­paign work for him. He also made a county em­ployee empty urine from a catheter bag he used af­ter hav­ing back surgery. Re­tired Cir­cuit Judge Den­nis Sweeney sen­tenced him to 400 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, a $100,000 fine and two years’ jail time, with all but 60 days sus­pended. Leopold spent 30 days in the county jail and 30 days on house ar­rest. Sweeney banned Leopold from run­ning for pub­lic of­fice for five years, but that pun­ish­ment was over­turned in 2014. Leopold said he’s eye­ing an Anne Arun­del race and would make a fi­nal de­ci­sion to­ward the end of 2017.

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