By Paul Gessler

BALTIMORE (WJZ) –- Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination to be the state’s next governor.

Gansler was runner-up in the 2014 Democratic primary to Anthony Brown, who lost in the general election to Larry Hogan.

“There are a lot of people here who have name recognition, which is going to make this a very lively contest,” said Dr. Matthew Crenson, Johns Hopkins political scientist. “This is one election where the candidates have been coming out of the woodwork.”

Former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, another former Democratic primary runner-up (2018), told Maryland Matters last week he plans to run again. Former Obama Education Secretary John King, a former teacher and principal, and businessman Mike Rosenbaum are also running.

Dr. Crenson said he believes Comptroller Peter Franchot may be the candidate to beat in the Democratic field. Franchot announced in early 2020 and is the only candidate who currently holds public office.

Gov. Hogan is limited to two terms in office and his lieutenant governor, Boyd Rutherford, announced that he will not run for the GOP nomination. Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz announced last month she is running in the GOP primary.

No candidate has officially filed with the State Board of Elections, but candidates have until February 22, 2022, to do so. The primary election is June 28, 2022, followed by the general election on Nov. 8, 2022.


Paul Gessler