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2014 Maryland races begin to take shape

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Columbia, Maryland

With the 2013 Maryland Legislative Session behind us, members of the Maryland General Assembly can resume fundraising activities, thus giving political observers and voters, alike, a first glimpse into the high profile races that will dominate the Maryland political landscape for the next year and half.

The race to succeed term-limited Governor Martin O’Malley (D) as Maryland’s next Governor has gotten off to a fast start, at least on the Democratic side of the race.  While Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) has emerged as the clear front-runner to capture the Democratic Party’s nomination next June, current Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) has amassed a huge lead in early fundraising.  Other candidates drawing interest from Democrats across the state include Del. Heather Mizeur (D – Montgomery) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.  Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D – MD 2) has also stated that he is considering a run for Governor, but has not made a definitive decision one way or the other.

In the race to become the State’s next Attorney General, State Sen. Brian Frosh (D – Montgomery) has received the backing of much of the Democratic Party’s establishment in a race where it is expected that he will be fighting Del. William Frick (D – Montgomery) and Del. Jon Cardin (D – Baltimore County) for the party’s nomination.

On the Republican side of the ledger the race has been slow to develop with Frederick County Board of Commissioners President Blaine Young and former U.S. Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino being the only declared candidates for Governor.