ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — It’s official. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announced his candidacy for governor Tuesday.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more.

Gansler joins Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown as a leading contender in the 2014 Democratic primary.

The Gansler campaign launch was an ice cream social–folksy and family-friendly.

Straight out of the gate, newly announced gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler wants voters to know he’s not intimidated by the competition.

“I was against the establishment in every campaign I’ve had. I was told `There’s no way you can run,’ `There’s no way you can win’ in both of my campaigns,” he said.

Gansler is a former Montgomery County state’s attorney and is in his second term as Maryland attorney general.

“As governor, we will work to protect Maryland’s number one priority and work to protect the people of Maryland and that is to make sure we have jobs coming back to Maryland,” Gansler said.

Gansler’s chief opponent is Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who can expect an attack on jobs and business climate.

“The jobs issue is obviously very real, as we watch people and companies fleeing the state and billion dollar deficits every year,” Gansler said.

The race is officially on.

“You’ll always know where I stand and that is with you to make Maryland proud. Thank you all,” he said.

The primary is in June 2014.


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