By Maryland Reporter.com
A large and diverse crowd usually flocks to Del. Guy Guzzone’s annual pizza party, filling the streets of his quiet Columbia neighborhood. But Senate President-for-life Mike Miller hasn’t showed up before at the event that asks only for a voluntary contribution.
So when the Senate chief popped out of his trooper-driven Crown Vic Thursday evening it was a sure sign that Democrat Guzzone was going to take the plunge and run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Jim Robey, the former Howard County executive.
Guzzone had already announced last month he wasn’t going to run for exec, as he had long been expected to do. But Robey said Guzzone didn’t even confirm his plans to run for the Senate until a half-hour before he officially announced his decision to several hundred people at a Jessup community center, where the party had been moved due to severe weather forecast.
Guzzone, finishing his second term in the House of Delegates, told the crowd that after his first term, “I wasn’t sure I was going to stay” in the House. But his former boss, friend and across-the-street neighbor, Shane Pendergrass, vice-chair of the House Health and Government Operations, told him, “It gets better.”