ANNAPOLIS - David M. Russo, a pharmacist and business owner in Hagerstown, has filed to run for the Republican nomination for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 2B.
Russo, 46, has never run for elected office before. But he said his experience as owner of the Medicine Shoppe on Cannon Avenue and president of the state Board of Pharmacy has prepared him well for a move into politics.
"It seems like a natural transition for me," he said.
He said he will run on issues such as preserving farm land in the county and improving the operations of state government. He said he also would promote greater cooperation between city and Washington County officials on issues like the county's water and sewer debt.
"We could go so much further together," Russo said.
Russo has served on the Pharmacy Board, which regulates pharmacists in the state, for five years. He has served as president for two years.