Brown plans announcement tour for Md. governor following campaign kickoff


Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) at an event last month. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo for the Washington Post)

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is planning a tour that will take him to Frederick, Silver Spring and Baltimore following the announcement of his campaign for Maryland governor next week, according to emails sent to supporters on Thursday.

Brown (D) will become the first of the Democrats jockeying to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to make his bid official with an event on May 10 at Prince George’s Community College in Largo.

“With bands, entertainment and plenty of free food, this family-friendly event will be a fun and exciting way to launch our campaign to continue building a better Maryland for all Marylanders,” Brown says in one version of the email sent out Thursday.

The day after his announcement, Brown plans a pancake breakfast in Frederick, a stop at a farmer’s market in Silver Spring and an event at a school in Baltimore. O’Malley, who has made clear that he supports Brown, is scheduled to appear at the Baltimore event.

Other Democrats eying the 2014 race include Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D). The Post reported this week that Ulman is in talks with Brown about joining his ticket as the lieutenant governor candidate.

There could also be a crowded field of Republicans. Del. Ron George (R-Anne Arundel) said this week that he plans to announce a bid for governor early in June.

Others looking at the June 2014 primary include Harford County Executive David R. Craig; 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.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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