Joe Werner Files for Governor

Essex Resident First Republican to File for governor

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Joe Werner became the First Republican Candidate for officially file for Governor on Tuesday.

This is Werner’s first run for office but oddly his first one as a Republican. Werner was the Democratic nominee for Congress against Andy Harris in 2016 and lost the Democratic Primary for House of Delegates in District 8 in 2018.

Per Werner’s website, his top issues are public safety and charter schools.

Minh Thanh Luong filed as Werner’s running mate. Voter registration records show that Luong has never previously voted.

Werner joins the list of candidacy chasing presumptive nominee Secretary Kelly Schulz. Werner joins likely also rans Robin Ficker and Delegate Dan Cox as announced candidates.