- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said Tuesday he plans to review road tolls in Maryland with an eye toward lowering them.

Hogan noted plans to explore lower toll rates at a news conference, during which he announced that Pete Rahn is his choice to be head of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Toll rates in the state are determined by the Maryland Transportation Authority. Hogan said efforts to examine toll rates likely would take place after the 90-day legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

“But there’s no question we’re going to review tolls, and our effort will be to try to reduce tolls,” said Hogan, a Republican.

Toll rates have gone up during Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration. Hogan focused his campaign against increases in taxes, fees and tolls during the Democratic governor’s tenure.

Hogan, who takes office next week, has nearly finished appointing cabinet members, which require state Senate confirmation. Hogan said he plans to announce more appointments this week.

Rahn worked as secretary for the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department from 1995 to 2002. He also led the Missouri State Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2010.

Hogan also announced several senior-level appointments to his new administration. Hogan, who has said he plans to govern in a bipartisan manner, continued to add Democrats to his growing roster of advisers. Keiffer Mitchell, a Democrat, will be a special adviser with a focus on growing charter schools in Maryland. Mitchell has represented Baltimore in the House of Delegates since 2011. He lost in last year’s primary after his legislative district was reconfigured to one seat instead of three.

Hogan also announced that state Sen. Chris Shank, R-Washington, will be director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Some other people named to jobs in Hogan’s administration are:

-Tim Hutchins, director of homeland security.

-Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, director of intergovernmental services.

-Steve McAdams, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

-Arlene Lee, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Children.

-Bob Scholz, governor’s counsel.

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