Ulman, however, has been in talks with Brown about joining his ticket as the lieutenant governor candidate, a move that could be announced as early as next month. That partnership would cut into Gansler’s money advantage. In January, Ulman reported having $2.1 million in the bank, more than the $1.6 million Brown had on hand.
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), a former Baltimore County executive, is also considering joining the field. He could be the only Baltimore area Democratic contender in a race dominated by hopefuls from the Washington suburbs.
The race could attract a half-dozen GOP candidates in a state where Democrats hold a 2-to-1 advantage in party registration and where only one GOP gubernatorial candidate — former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. — has prevailed in the past generation.
Those looking at the race include Harford County Executive David R. Craig; Del. Ron George (R-Anne Arundel); Blaine R. Young, president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners; Larry Hogan, a former Ehrlich Cabinet member who leads the group Change Maryland; Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate last year; and Charles Lollar, a businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives in 2010.
On Friday, Brown is expected to tout the O’Malley administration’s efforts to pass gun-control legislation, limit tuition increases at public universities and expand subsidized health care.
Health care is among the issues on which Brown has sought to be a leader since he joined O’Malley’s ticket. Brown also took on a high-profile role coordinating the state’s response to U.S. military base realignment.
More recently, he has championed legislation to broaden the state’s partnership with the private sector on infrastructure and other projects. Brown said he would like to continue those efforts.
“I’m looking forward to being able to highlight our accomplishments during the course of this campaign, but more importantly, to speak to what’s next,” Brown said. “I think that all campaigns ought to be forward-looking. You can’t drive by staring in the rear-view mirror.”