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Toilet Activist Files to Run for Maryland Lt. Governor

Duane Davis, known for leaving toilets as political protest outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson, is running as a Republican in 2014.

A Milford Mill man known for political protests involving putting toilets in front of a county government building in Towson has filed as a candidate for Lt. Governor in 2014.

Duane "Shorty" Davis has filed as the running mate with Brian Vaeth, a Perry Hall man.

Davis was charged in February 2011 with planting a fake destructive device in the form of a toilet outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson and making false statements about a fake destructive device. He was acquitted of those charges seven months later.

Davis, a caterer, said in a February 2013 article that the incident in 2011 was a protest of alleged corruption in Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. He claims that he had made political statements using toilets previously, but the Towson incident was the only one in which he was accused of causing a bomb scare.

Harford County Executive David Craig and Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young, both Republicans, are also considering runs for the office.

To date there are no Democrats who have filed though Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is expected to make an announcement at an event on Friday.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman are also said to be considering runs for governor.

Read more:

  • Toilet Activist Files For Governor
  • UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect in Towson Toilet Mystery
  • Police Arrest Baltimore Man in Towson Toilet Bomb Scare
  • Bail Hearing Set for Man in Toilet Bomb Scare Case
  • Judge Sets Bail for Man Accused in Feb. Bomb Scare
  • Man in Toilet Bomb Scare Case to Ask for Postponement
  • Man Accused in Bomb Scare Dismisses Attorney
  • Accused 'Toilet Bomber' to Stand Trial Tuesday
  • Jury Acquits Accused 'Toilet Bomber'
  • Toilet Politics Returning to Towson
  • VIDEO: 'Shorty' And His Toilets Return to Towson

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed Davis as a candidate for governor.

Brandie Jefferson May 15, 2013 at 01:08 AM
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Wowm May 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Mr.Vaeth, Congratulations on your candidacy. Thank you for running. I would like to add that denying you your pension and using a "processing" error is a violation of due process which is unconstitutional. This is not just happening to you...it is also happening in Baltimore county where court cases are stacked to benefit the attorneys (so the can collect fees - People denied service or regular process have ti hire an attorney)...I hope you will be looking into this when you are elected
Wowm May 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
he's already important! he won against false charges after firing his attorney and continues to speak out against civil rights violations and if you don't think civil rights are violated here in Baltimore county, you are sadly mistaken...wake up http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-753788
Wowm May 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
he's already important! he won against false charges after firing his attorney and continues to speak out against civil rights violations and if you don't think civil rights are violated here in Baltimore county, you are sadly mistaken...wake up http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-753788
Paul Micheel June 02, 2013 at 08:47 AM
gosh, the truth hurts so bad that someone wants to delete freedom of press now too, mmm

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